The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules.

Like Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid's Tale has endured not only as a literary landmark but as a warning of a possible future that is still chillingly relevant.



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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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