Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: THE HANDMAID'S TALE: GRAPHIC NOVEL by Margaret Atwood & Renee Nault

Review: 5/5 stars

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books, and with the long-awaited sequel coming out later this year, reading the graphic novel version was the perfect recap for me. I’m even more excited now to be continuing on with Offred’s story in The Testaments. 

I thought this book was a very good graphic adaption of the modern classic novel. The story was as haunting as ever and the pictures only served to help drive its message home. The entire plot of the book was covered and I didn’t really feel like anything was missing from the story, which can sometimes be the case with graphic adaptions.

I noticed a few key direct quotations from the original book of some of the most jarring phrases, which I was happy to see make the cut of what to include. This adaption stays true to the tone of the original story, and I think that’s very important. Renee Nault does an excellent job of adapting the language to fit this version.

The artwork was also very well done. I appreciate that the clothing and characters differ from what we’ve seen in the tv series; the illustrator took her own approach and I love that. The art style and color scheme are fitting for the narrative and pleasing to look at while also having the necessary emotional impact. I honestly couldn’t imagine a better graphic novel of this book.

To see my review of the novel version of The Handmaid’s Tale, which includes my thoughts on the meaning behind the story, click here.

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