The Handmaid's Tale

Front Cover
McClelland & Stewart, Dec 10, 2010 - Fiction - 368 pages
474 Reviews
In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - janemarieprice - LibraryThing

Why now: The worst of reasons - I wanted to watch the show. This is my first read of this wonderful novel, and only my second Atwood. I’ll have to work on improving that in the near future. The best ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - GrlIntrrptdRdng - LibraryThing

Offred is a Handmaid in a dystopian society where women are not allowed to read or hold jobs. Men have a wife, martha's that act like nanny's and maids, and handmaids who have their children and then ... Read full review

All 22 reviews »


Waiting Room
Soul Scrolls

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Nominated for the first ever Man Booker International Prize representing the best writers in contemporary fiction, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 35 internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award for The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Giller Prize and Italian Premio Mondello for Alias Grace. The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, and Oryx and Crake were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, which she won with The Blind Assassin. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit and the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres among many others; she is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto.

Bibliographic information