The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Pages: 311 pages / Audiobook: 11 hrs
Published March 16th 1998 by Anchor Books (first published 1985)

The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.


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2 thoughts on “The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • January 13, 2017 at 9:02 am
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    I’ve never read any Atwood because I’m a little intimidated by her work for some odd reason. This sounds like a great one to try.

    • January 13, 2017 at 10:28 am
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      Kathy, I can understand that completely. I think Margaret Atwood is intimidating, too!
      I’m so disappointed that I haven’t developed this page further. I have a lot of content I want to add that you might enjoy and maybe it will inspire you to give her a try. Thanks for your thoughts!

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