The Handmaid's Tale

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Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Category: Fiction

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Now a Hulu Original SeriesThe 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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  • A Google User
    Review: The Handmaid’s Tale In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies? Offered can remember the days before the Republic of Gilead, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now
  • J Sizzle
    Awesome read Couldn’t put it down was sad for it to be over, even though the end was very cleverly done
  • Cassie Amsden
    Overall good The book was good. Alot of very descriptive language that could get tedious but it was understandable due to the position on Offered. Ending was frustrating but overall I enjoyed it.
  • Corinne Walker
    Is ok. Great details and a lot of unique concepts. Not a big fan of the ending.
  • Shaundra Jenkins
    The ending, though seems tough and unresolved, is quite fitting for the subject. It’s a book that kinda sucks you in and even in present day is very relivent.
  • Latosha Carter
    Good plot, but the story went nowhere.
  • Golda Ross
    I was enthralled and pulled totally into this New World
  • Cephus Cruickshank
    More Honestly i became interested in this novel after seeing it had become a tv series, after reading this book i was like no this can’t be the end, and i was disappointed to realize there was no sequel.

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