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The Handmaid's Tale

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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.

Title:The Handmaid's Tale
Edition Language:English
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Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:324 pages
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  • Stephanie
    Apr 15, 2008

    03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right?2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of.Original review written in 2o12:WARNING: This review i...

  • Pollopicu
    Nov 25, 2009

    I guess Atwood doesn't believe in quotation marks.. I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character. It took me quite a while to...

  • Jennifer
    Nov 29, 2007

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book)In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared “Morning in America,” and society was going to renew...

  • Emily May
    Dec 05, 2010

    There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way. In a way that I always try to put into words and always, ultimately, fail. I have read a lot of books over the y...

  • Kate
    Apr 13, 2011

    It's been almost five years since I wrote my review. I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity. The main idea remains the same. Extremist Judeo-Christian beliefs have won America's culture war. No...

  • Samadrita
    Oct 06, 2012

    Consider this not a ground-breaking work of literature. Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant-garde mode of narration. Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of th...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 19, 2016

    I’ve been moved by books in the past, many times, but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree. This is frightening and powerful. And sometimes it only takes...

  • Tatiana
    Nov 27, 2009

    What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel. It doesn't feel dated or far-fetched at all, thanks to President Trump.Claire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrative.Original reviewIm...

  • Candace
    Apr 17, 2017

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you ...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Mar 17, 2017

    Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning. The dystopian future she describes in "Gilead" which appears to be centered in Boston (due to the reference to Mass Ave ...