The Handmaid's Tale
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - beckakw - LibraryThing
This is the second Atwood novel that I attempted, and my first success. The story was gripping and horrifying and left me a lot to think about. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lispylibrarian - LibraryThing
Omg so good! Book 15 of 2017! Hulu is making a series based on this book soon, so of course I had to read it! So crazy creepy because though the book is from the late 80s, it has soooo many allusions ... Read full review
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Gender and power: society, the person, and sexual politics
No preview available - 1987
Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction
No preview available - 2009