The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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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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    It’s been a very long time since I enjoyed a book this much. I didn’t want it to end.
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  • The Handmaids Tale

    By Bookwormpluss
    Not sure what to say about this book. Is this what life will be like in later years? If so I am glad to have lived my life now as I would be very unhappy to live the way those characters did.
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  • Interesting

    By Amelia192837
    Drew me in deeper and deeper. I wanted to know more. I was hoping for a better ending, but it did leave you guessing.
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale

    By KLBoates
    Interesting premise, but the prose is repetitive, approaching boring, at times.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    By barbarafromnoyac
    I hated the book early on but it did grow on me over time. It took quite a while before one has a general understanding of what it’s about. It did become quite interesting once there seemed to be some interaction between the characters.