The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Comic Book - 2019
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.
Publisher: [Toronto] : McClelland & Stewart, [2019]
ISBN: 9780771006845
0771006845
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 25 cm

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RoGalindo
Apr 17, 2021

We are introduced to a new dystopian US society where men rule over women, where their only purpose is to bear children. In this novel, we experience the dystopian society through the eyes of Offred. We get to see Offred’s interaction with other handmaids, and her constant wondering whether they are also as rebellious as she is. Ultimately she does find another handmaid like her, Offglen, who introduces her to… you’ll have to read to find out.
Overall I think that the book is a must-read, it gives us a glimpse into the human feelings and conflicting thoughts of the oppressed.
This book does deal with some mature content.

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HMLyle
Mar 09, 2021

I really enjoyed this adaptation. The story is abbreviated, but Nault's watercolours fill in the gaps with such grace and horror that I was hooked. When I first read the original book I found Atwood's story to be compelling, but her poetic prose hard to get through at times. While this story is shorter, I personally felt like nothing was lost thanks to Nault's interpretations. The reds, blues, and greens of the outfits pop against the the grey, white, and black of Gilead's oppressive regime. I felt like the beauty of the watercolour gave a wonderful contrast to the violence of this terrifying dystopia; giving a new sense of depth to the tale that really got under my skin. This is a great introduction to the story if you haven't read it already, and if you have its an even better re-read. Bonus points since Renée Nault is Canadian!

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hazelsanger
Nov 03, 2019

This is the graphic novel, not the original, which was a little disappointing but wow what a good book

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The_Zookeeper
Sep 28, 2019

This is a great depiction of Margaret Atwood's classic book. I knew I needed to reread The Handmaid's Tale before I read The Testaments and this was a great way to do it.

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joanbielfeldt
Sep 19, 2019

Dark, disturbing, unpleasant, hard to watch. No relief from the constant darkness of the story. For those of a masochistic bent.

This is a good graphic novel adaptation of Atwood's remarkable novel. The artwork is fine and the story, obviously compressed for the medium, is faithful to the novel and spirit therein (Atwood had a hand in this adaptation). Quite a good achievement and a book I had not expected to come out in this format. If you've never read the book, this is a good introduction or synopsis. However, I would recommend reading the novel on which this is based. It is, obviously, far richer in detail and storytelling.

SJPL_JessL Sep 02, 2019

Renee Nault adds beautiful watercolor and ink illustrations to an abbreviated retelling of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
Nault's visuals add to the depth of Atwood's poetic world building and all the feels of the modern classic.
The only reason I gave my review 4.5 stars is because I wanted more and probably won't get it unless Nault partners with Atwood for The Testaments (released Sept. 2019).
Regardless of how many times you have read The Handmaid's Tale, pick up this graphic novel.

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artemisspengler
Aug 15, 2019

I've read the novel many times, but I really enjoyed this Graphic Novel version. I love the differences in palettes used to differentiate between Gilead and the time before, with the time before in more brilliant vibrant colors and Gilead in more limited and subdued colors. I also love the artist's interpretation of each of the characters as well. Such an amazing book. Everyone should read it!

debwalker Jul 04, 2019

The graphic novel version. Powerful illustrations by Canadian artist Nault. Haunting.

JCLHeatherM Jun 19, 2019

An illustrated introduction to Margaret Atwood's dystopian tale.

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