The handmaid's tale
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 Handmaid who may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because she is only valued as long as her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, 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.Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The Handmaid's TaleUser Review - Steph L - Goodreads
I'm new to Margaret Atwood and definitely not disappointed. This story screamed feminist dystopia to me. Like 1984 for feminists. I have to say though, that I really didn't find this book too far from ... Read full review
Review: The Handmaid's TaleUser Review - Lisa - Goodreads
In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, the United States, in reaction to Islamic terrorist attacks and reduced fertility rates, has devolved into an intolerant Christian-based religious society ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
Gender and power: society, the person, and sexual politics
No preview available - 1987
Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction
Limited preview - 2008
The Handmaid's Tale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, first published by mcclelland and Stewart in 1985. The novel explores themes of ...
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ The_Handmaid's_Tale
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale is told in the style of a diary, describing the fate of a woman forced to become a Handmaid in a United States that has been take over ...
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a science fiction book
Denver SF and fantasy book club selection, cover art, ratings, commentary, links
members.aol.com/ misuly/ atwood.htm
planetpapers - The Handmaid's Tale
In "The Handmaid's Tale" the main female characters find ways to escape their ... Offred from The Handmaid's Tale uses different tactics to cope with her ...
www.planetpapers.com/ Assets/ 78.php
sparknotes: The Handmaid’s Tale: Context
Navigate Here -, Context, Plot Overview, Character List, Analysis of Major Characters, Themes, Motifs & Symbols, --------------------, Chapters 1–5 ...
www.sparknotes.com/ lit/ handmaid/ context.html
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Criticism
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Criticism and Essays.
www.enotes.com/ contemporary-literary-criticism/ handmaid-s-tale-margaret-atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
The historical notes on The Handmaid's Tale form an intriguing epilogue to what has become an absorbing mystery. Tad Aronowicz's jaggedly surrealistic cover ...
www.umanitoba.ca/ cm/ cmarchive/ vol14no1/ handmaidstale.html
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood | librarything
All about The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood. librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.
www.librarything.com/ work/ 1667444
The Handmaid's Tale Book Notes Summary by Margaret Atwood: Part 2 ...
The Handmaid's Tale Book Notes Summary by Margaret Atwood: Part 2: Shopping. The Handmaid's Tale book notes, including 51 pages of chapter summaries, ...
www.bookrags.com/ notes/ hmt/ PART2.htm
Atwood, Margaret : The Handmaid's Tale
Commentary on women's health issues in Atwood's novel