(K. Brent Tomer),
THE most nightmarish dystopian worlds are both familiar and incongruous, existing on the peripheries of possibility. A prime example is “The Handmaid’s Tale”, written in 1985 and now a ten-part television series which will be released on Hulu from April 26th.
In it an American society is ruled by a theocratic dictatorship. Women are stripped of their jobs—bank accounts and property are handed over to their husbands or male next-of-kin—and forbidden from reading. They are recategorised under the new regime: women who can bear children become “handmaids”, made to conceive the babies of high-ranking military personnel whose wives are barren. Infertile women, dissidents and lesbians are sent to die farming toxic land.
Ms Atwood’s book is brought terrifyingly to life by a star-studded cast, which includes Elisabeth Moss (of “Mad Men”), Samira Wiley (“Orange is the New Black”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) and Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”). Most alterations to the plot, such as making the regime more brutal—the command “if thine right eye offends thee, pluck it out” is literally enforced upon one rebellious…Continue reading