The Handmaid’s Tale

April 25, 2017

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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Product details

  • Series: Margaret Atwood
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2nd edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1328879941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1328879943
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars   11,972 customer reviews

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