My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ugh... I held out hope until the very end. And of course, I have high expectations going into the novel, because it's Margaret Atwood. But ultimately, no.
I did not like that the character of Zenia was pure evil, that she was this web of lies and smoke and mirrors, and that we never got to find out what was really going on with her, no motivation, no background story, nothing. I didn't like that the other three main characters were so spineless, snivelly, and weak, letting one woman who stole their men ruin their entire lives. I got an annoying First Wives Club vibe and imagined the character of Roz played by Bette Midler, with Goldie Hawn cast as Charis and Diane Keaton playing Tony.
|Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Middler in The First Wives Club, 1996. Photo from www.thefancarpet.com|
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One of my all time favorite books is Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale." Alas nothing else she has written has affected me quite the same way.
Have you read Oryx & Crake or Year of the Flood, both by Margaret Atwood? They are both as good as Handmaid's Tale, IMO, and are also social/political satire.
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