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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: UK, 22 May 2017
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOODThe Republic of Gilead offers Offred 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 vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.

About the Author

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 * "The mother of all feminist dystopian novels." -- Sarra Manning * Red * "The novel satirises the strain of evangelical puritanism in American culture and the objectification and control of women's bodies. It is more broadly a contemporary myth of despotic power, and how such power deforms those who are subjected to it." -- Tim Adams * Observer *

EAN: 9781784873189
ISBN: 1784873187
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Samantha on
fantastic read i litrally couldnt put the book down i was extremly impressed by this book. how real it felt and how the world that was discribed in the book is actually starting to happen to us now as a nation. In george bushes rein he banned all textbooks that gave definitions of being gay or of divorce etc its very easy for us to slip in to a world like this book and its actually quite scary definatly worth the read.
Janice on
I studied this book for my NCEA scholarship english exam a few years ago, but i read it again just recently. Margaret Atwood has really out-done herself in this novel, i found it a thrilling and gripping read, of a world i could never imagine, but is realistic enough to make you realise just how lucky i am to live in a society where women are treated with dignity and respect and we are given the right to act as we please.
Karen on
This was the book that converted me to become a member of the Margaret Atwood fan club. Utterly believable, Atwood is a master story teller, linking the "what if" with the "what is" to present a frightening reality. The first time I read this book, I consciously decided to suspend disbelief during the setup - Atwood's power of imagination is demonstrated by the fact that this time around the possibility of the suspension on citizen rights is not at all hard to believe. This is on my top ten.
Claire on
I loved this book. It is so rich with symbolism and mind blowing with this universe which she has created. I think the most outstanding part is that, like the Nazi regime, there is some form of twisted logic in it. However, this logic is embedded so deep in fear - the poor woman has no choice but to obey. The postscript gives us hope that, like the Nazi's, such a redical shift which is anthropolgically driven will never stick.
Susan on
This story kept me entralled with it's vision of our future. I found the disjointed nature of the narrative as it bounced between past and present took me a little while to get used to, but I couldn't put this book down. A wonderful study of where our fanatacism could lead us, as the rights of the individual are supressed and healthy, fertile woman are seen as a commodity of the community.
Emily on
I loved this dystopic text - a world of surrogate mothers, extreme patriachy, fundamentalism, loss of freedom. I liked the narrative voice and the use of the present tense. The narrative is stark - like the story itself. I would definitely recommend this not only to people who enjoy futuristic texts but also those who enjoy thinking about the state of our world today.
I am now curious about the movie... I think I'll go watch it and see what the adaptation is like.
Alysia on
Atwood's best novel in my opinion. This is one of my all time favourite books. It is chilling and haunting in its predictions, as you could imagine everything that Atwood writes actually occuring. The book is a mixtures of sci-fi and deep human drama, that makes you think about your own belifs and how far you would go to protect them. Religion plays a major role in this book also, questioning the fundemetal beliefs in christianity, and the hipocrasy that can occur in society.
Sarah on
Verging on sci-fi, this is not a book i would have usually read, but was recommended to me and i was grateful for that! An incredible fictitious tale of a woman trpped in a society where the role of women is to give birth and those who are sterile are treated as useless and are left to die. This is definitely a classic and a must read- it will change your perspective and make you appreciate the freedoms which we as women experience today.
Dana on
An amazing dystopia written by a woman, this book offers some real insight into the way childbirth and the value of children is perceived by society. What does it mean to be a mother? Who should be allowed to rear children? Who should control reporduction? All these issues are raised in this book by the presentation of a severely dysfunctional society.
Kirsten on
This is a very strange book which serves as a warning about what our future could become as we see birth rates dropping and the manipulation of religious and its fundamentalists growing. Fans of Sci-Fi and books with really out there ideas will enjoy this book as its really well written and is also very interested. A great price for this classic story by awarding winning author Margeret Attwood, recommended

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