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Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Now a Hulu Original Series, premiering in AprilThe 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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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
Read 257 pages, forcing myself most of the way. Very descriptive of things like, waking up, eating, walking down stairs. One of the WORST books I’ve tried to read.
Hard to follow. Not very linear
This book touched me
Good read – kept my attention.
Amazing! I love good dystopian novel. This is easily one of the top 5 I’ve read.
The narrator’s feelings of broken spirit and isolation juxtaposed with her hope for change and connection to others shows how the human condition, no matter how much effort is put into killing it, thrives.
One of my favorite Atwood stories.
I read this book years ago, it’s still one of my favorite books