The Handmaid’s Tale Review


  • The Handmaid’s Tale </I>is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it 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, 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 of its population. <P>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. <I>The Handmaid’s Tale </I>is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale – by Margaret Atwood
THE HANDMAID’S TALE is a frightening look at a not too distant future where sterility is the norm, and fertile woman are treated as cattle, to produce children for the upper class who cannot have any. The narrator Offred, as she is called in her new life, is the Handmaid for a top Commander in the new government. Once a month she is tested by a gynecologist to ensure that she is healthy, and then is taken to the Commander and his wife in the hopes of becoming pregnant.” By Ratmammy

“It really pains me when I read a book that is hailed as a classic many times over but for some reason or another it just doesn’t click at all with me. This is the case with The Handmaid’s Tale, which is unfortunate because I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I really really wanted to like this book but I can’t force what isn’t there for me.” By Steven

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Product Details

Author: Margaret Atwood
Kindle price: Hardcover $16.95 Paperback $8.69 Audible $18.10 Mass Market Paperback from $1.39
File Size: 786 KB
Print Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 17, 1986)
Publication Date: February 17, 1986
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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