The Handmaid's Tale

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 10, 2010 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.
 

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The book was a scary look at what society can become when people are afraid to question and simply accept what they are told. The establishment of the Gilead government could have been easily stalled in the first few days/weeks but people were willing to sit and watch and see what would happen. Read full review

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I read this years ago but it's still fresh in my mind. Frightening because it seems so possible, especially in this President's (Bush) administration where we have given up more of our liberties for ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
Night
Shopping
Night
Waiting Room
V
Household
Night
Birth
Night
Soul Scrolls
Night
Jezebels
Night
Copyright

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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.

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