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In a startling departure from her previous novels ( Lady Oracle , Surfacing ), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. This powerful, memorable novel is highly recommended for most libraries. BOMC featured alternate. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.
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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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Oh wow. This book was wonderful but terrifying. My biggest fear is essentially the events of this book coming to pass...
Really interesting writing style. Read more
This is my first Atwood novel but it will be the first of many of her works that I read.Published 2 days ago by J. Larose
I've read this twice, and I've probably read thousands of books over the years- having been in a doctoral program for American Lit plus 3 book clubs ... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lauren V.
The Handmaid’s Tale should make you think,
Portentous signs are real.
A culture’s mode can change: a wink,
And time from all will steal. Read more
When you read a lot of different genres, you're bound to come across a book or 2 that somehow seems to pop up everywhere, nicely fitting into every cross-niche and "best... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jordan Anderson
I read this book my senior year of high school, and it forever changed the way I thought about what our future could be should our society go down a path of self destruction. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lindsay C
There are not enough stars in the universe to adequately describe how much I loved this book. It's the thing where when it's over - you're so sad it's over because you want more.Published 7 days ago by Steph
One of the most unnerving things I`ve ever read. Unforgettable. Dystopia at it`s very best.Published 8 days ago by Squeak
I love reading an author who understands how to use language. Atwood is masterful in her delivery of a frightening tale.Published 8 days ago by A. Palumbo