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The Handmaid's Tale

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In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the ... Show synopsis

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  • The Handmaid's Tale (Houghton Mifflin) – Hardcover (1986)
    by Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale
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    Hardcover, Houghton Mifflin
    1986
    English
    311 pages

    ISBN: 0395404258
    ISBN-13: 9780395404256

    First published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. With more than two million copies in print, it is Margaret Atwood's most popular and compelling novel. Set in the near future, it describes life in what once was the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead. Reacting to social unrest, and a sharply declining birthrate, the new regime has reverted to -- even gone beyond -- the repressive tolerance of the original Puritans. Offred is a ... Show more

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Reviews of The Handmaid's Tale

Overall customer rating: 3.834
Curmudgeon

Tritely (science) fictional

by Curmudgeon on Oct 21, 2014

Implausible situation even considering the time when written. That the "heroine" would be so brain washed that she forgot her adulthood (past life) in a relatively short time frame, estimated at ca. a decade, rings with contriteness. Story seems redundantly arcane, infused with historical references to previous societies sprinkled throughout.

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Nelson R

A Prescient Tale

by Nelson R on Jul 13, 2014

Like so many of the famous tales of the future, The Handmaids Tale is a prescient look into a dystopian future where, in America, the religionists rule by fiat. None can stand against their rules for in this tale, the Bible has become the law and anyone who breaks the law has also sinned against the ruling party's dictates. The fact is that The Handmaids Tale is one engrossing and revelatory story. I heartily recommend this story to all who have read, Animal Farm, Brave New World, 1984 and so many others of this genre.

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Carol B

Not original but well done.

by Carol B on Sep 3, 2010

Not as good as "1984," but still good enough. Would have been better had the final disc not been so damaged that I missed the (predictable) ending.

carriej

Tough - but Worth It

by carriej on Aug 25, 2009

This was the first book I read after joining a book club. It was WAY outside of my comfy box of Dan Brown & Harry Potter. This book really made me THINK for a change. I thought about concepts that I had never imagined possible before!! Scary - life changing concepts about how easily it would be for my money and freedom to be taken away. It's been 3 years since I read this book - and I STILL think about the ideas I was introduced to regularly. Excellent read. Great for broadening ideas about life. Great for book club discussions.

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carolyn55

symbolism

by carolyn55 on Jul 3, 2009

Read this for my book club. I am not much into symbolism so I missed alot of where this author was going. The story was ok.

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