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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
From the Paperback edition.
Margaret Atwood gets bonus point for plausibility and avoiding any trace of mysticism.
I now want Claire Danes to read all my books to me. Read more
Such an engrossing, intriguing tale. Fabulous writing and amazing dystopia, especially for being written in the 80's. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Elyse L
I enjoyed the style of writing and the story was interesting, but less than great.Published 12 hours ago by Red Racr
While reading this, I sometimes wondered red what if this dirty were true. I'm glad it isn't it I loved it anyway. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sherryist
Fantastic book I overlooked somehow when reading through the great books -- atwood leaves the reader haunted with her character's psychePublished 3 days ago by Michael Toy
Fundamentalist Religion is the obvious underlying current of The Handmaid's Tale, and it seems as relevant today as when it was published in 1985. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jeanne