The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale 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 and is 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 in 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 a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.


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" The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood's novels." -"Maclean's" " The Handmaid's Tale is in the honorable tradition of "Brave New World" and other warnings of dystopia. It's imaginative even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace." -"The Globe and Mail" " "The Handmaid's Tale" brings out the very best in Atwood--moral vision, biting humor, and a poet's imagination." -"Chatelaine"

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" A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" "--Washington Post Book World" " The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise" "--San Francisco Chronicle" " Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions . . . An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking . . . Read it while it's still allowed." "--Houston Chronicle" " Splendid." "--Newsweek"




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Publisher Anchor Books
Publish date 03/13/1998
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9780385490818
ISBN-10 038549081X
Language English

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