Went on vacation an decided I should give this book a try. No real reason except a sociology professor (from 1990 when I was at Queen's University) who was a feminist spoke vividly of this book. I'm no Margret Atwood fan, but since she is a Canadian icon, I thought I should invest the time. The book is a perspective of feminism, written in the mid 1980's. It's quite a dry read, and I'm still processing all its meaning. One thing I did find interesting is that the basis of the plot is religious zealots have taken over America because of the failed society. Women are stripped of all their rights and basically a caste system is set-up. In 1985 (year of publication), the power of religious political movements was a thing of fiction. Move forward 25 years, and Atwood appears to be a prophet. Has anyone read this and like to offer some opinion? I'm an accountant by trade, so stories full of metaphor go way, way over me. I realize it has a potent message, but what the hell is it?