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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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"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."
I loved Margaret Atwood's newer books but had never read this one. So glad I went back and read this classic -- it's a forerunner of some of the post-apocalyptic fiction I like... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Wendy Williams
This book is an incredible glimpse at how fragile our societal structures really are, and how easily it could all come crumbling down if we fail to readily admit the inherent bias... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Chris W.
"I'm sorry there is so much pain in this story. I'm sorry it's in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire or pulled apart by force. Read morePublished 1 day ago by jhobbs
I cannot call this a fun read. However, I am very glad I read the book. The Handmaid's Tale makes the reader think carefully about the roles of men and women. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I have read this story several times, and each time I do I catch something more. Normally I can only read a story once, not so with this one.Published 3 days ago by E and M
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 6 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 6 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