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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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The Handmaid's Tale

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 37,349 mod
The Into the WARS Skype session today looked at The Handmaid's Tale, a TV series that is based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name written in 1985.

Engrossing, haunting, vivid, meticulously paced, 'brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale.'

Atwood’s dystopian novel was inspired by the Iranian revolution and the US Christian right. The TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has been called a warning to all women, to conservative women, and to young people who may be complacent about the liberal values they enjoy. It takes a relatively minor aspect of the novel – 'gender treachery' – and brings this to the fore. Her 1985 novel suddenly feels very topical indeed in the current an age of fractious debates about LGBT issues, hate crimes, honour killings and FGM. The Handmaid's Tale captures our age of fear.


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