The Handmaid's Tale

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Vintage, 2010 - Fiction - 324 pages
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified.

'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

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The Handmaid's Tale is a very disturbing view of a future where a sudden change in power renders women's right non-existent, they are considered expendable and any value is relegated to whether they ... Read full review

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I had a hard time with this book. The story is obviously set in a dystopian world, but it started out very strange and for me at least, very confusing. It got a lot better as more of the background ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film). Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Finally, The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000.

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