The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Publication Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,235 Ratings)

Book Overview

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The Handmaid’s Tale 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 and is 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 in 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 a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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Recent Reviews

  • Crap

    1
    By {Dunkirk}
    Do not read. Disgusting and vile!
  • Recommend, recommend, recommend!!!

    5
    By MommaMira
    This novel has it all: Love, hate, lust, greed, and chaos. Margaret gives us a vision of a world that could very much be our future. It’s all too realistic concepts touch base close to home. You won’t be disappointed in this read. It’s absolutely one of my favorites!!!!
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    1
    By Bargie De
    Horrible waste of time!
  • EhAshleyimbert

    5
    By Ashley Hollywood
    Extremely captivating
  • Brilliantly Written

    5
    By Christal Doll
    I really enjoyed this book and the series.
  • Needed more...

    4
    By LindaAlamo
    This was the scariest book I ever read because it fits the rise of the "evangelical" base in our last two and a half decades of politics. The constant attics on women's rights and the belief that subservience is biblically ratified. The end was wrapped up too quickly. Needed more.
  • Life changing

    5
    By Mugurllollipop1234838
    I just love this book.
  • Very Nice

    4
    By The Handmaid's Tale
    A well written Novel.
  • Moving

    5
    By Jobo238
    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was enthralling, even though it took me awhile to get acclimated to what was happening. But it made me so sad & a little mad, afraid. It reads like a cautionary tale, a warning; be wary of extremists. The end caught me by surprise- I was expecting more of the story. I would definitely recommend this book, it's well-written & you definitely can connect with the main characters. But it's not a 'light' book or fun book; it's a deep book, a moving book. Enjoy!
  • A Must Read

    5
    By Asia HN
    Especially in our current political climate, this book opens eyes to a dystopian world that could quite easily become our own reality. Don't miss out on this extraordinary book.

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