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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2010
NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified. 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

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'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

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Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film). Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Finally, The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000.


"Compulsively readable" * Daily Telegraph * "Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit" -- Peter Kemp * Independent * "The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story" -- Angela Carter "Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic" -- Conor Cruise O'Brien * The Listener * "The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling" -- Linda Taylor * Sunday Times *

EAN: 9780099511663
ISBN: 0099511665
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 review(s)
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Roger Wotherspoon on
A very confronting book. Very difficult to put down, but sometime you had to to get your breath back. It was a very good read.
Bella Rollinson on
I bought this book to study for English, so that I could have my own copy to write in and make notes in. The book was in pretty good condition for second hand, the pages were all stable and wasn't too roughed up. The only thing is that somebody else had obviously studied it before me because there were a few things written in pen and highlighted and some bits underlined but for my purpose it didn't really worry me too much (insta-notes!). It would have been nice to know they were there before purchasing though.

The novel itself is amazing and I would recommend it to everyone and anyone :) I love it.
Bonnie Macarounas on
I'm not really into futurist writing but this was a really good book.
Very realistic which leaves you thinking ???????
Mengzhu Wang on
One of the most powerful books I've read. Atwood's writing is beautiful, solemn, contemplative, yet conveys the real horror and likelihood of a dystopic society controlled by religious fundamentalists. This book is a classic and a definite must read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the somewhat sad afterword.
Simon Hamley on
Atwood's nightmarish vision of the future is all to close to the bone for comfort. Fascist pseudo religious groups fight wars, whilst enforcing the woman's rights to 'breed'. One such handmaid (a woman chosen for breeding purposes) tells her story. Jumping from present to past, this is a poignant, emotional journey. Atwood makes no judgment, simply presents an alternative future, albeit a scary one.

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