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The Handmaid's Tale

1986 . Fiction, Dystopian, Women, Literary . Margaret Atwood

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About the book

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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaid’s Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). 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.

Year:

1986

Language:

English

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages:

311

ISBN:

0547345666 (ISBN13: 9780547345666)

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megan rectenwald

8 months ago

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This book was a little slow at first and hard for me to get into but once I did WOW! Then when they came out with the show on Hulu it was everything that I imagined and more!

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Fleur Siobhan

11 months ago

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Brilliant book. Inspired by past and current events in history to bring you a fictious reality that's closer than we think. Very great book.

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Cecile Taylor

1 year ago

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In my top 3 books of all time. A harsh warning to what we could so easily become if we aren’t actively progressive and seeking freedom and acceptance for all.

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Thilde

3 days ago

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