The Handmaid's Tale

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Anchor Books, 1986 - Fiction - 311 pages
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In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She 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 in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days 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.

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Amazing breadth of vision and excellent writing. - LibraryThing
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I really enjoyed this dystopian novel, written long before dystopian became a trend, about a society where handmaids are the upper crusts' baby makers. As dystopians go, this was original and frightening. Read full review

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A frightening but excellent tale of religious fundamentalism taken to its terrifying extremes, Atwood expertly satirizes those who speak of traditional values and a woman's place is in the home, while ... Read full review

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MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.

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