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The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.

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ISBN-13:
9780385490818
9780385490818
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
336
336
Sales rank:
838
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
750L
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About the Author

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario

Education:

B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
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Editorial Reviews

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In a startling departure from her previous novels (Lady Oracle, Surfacing), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the ``morally fit'' Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: ``of Fred''), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. This powerful, memorable novel is highly recommended for most libraries.

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Deserves to be taught in schools
In our lifetime this book will be taught alongside 1984 and Brave New World in schools. Or, at least, it should be. The symbolism is clear, yet subtle; the story is gripping and slyly penetrating at the same time. A purportedly feminist tract, The Handmaid's tale does not smack of the reactionary bent so often associated with 'feminist' literature. Therefore, the reader is not distracted by polemics but can involve themselves entirely in the story. The story is a brilliantly conceived world of silence and capitulation, where women are made to participate in the very subjugation that they abhor. I loved this book, and not only will read it again but will also read more by Ms. Atwood.
- Guest
June 16, 2000
Could this really be our future?
This was a horrific story. I found it boring at times, but at other parts I just couldn't put it down. It was frightening to think that this could be in our future, and I do think it is realistic and could happen. I would definitely recommend this book for you to read, but it can be a bit disturbing at times.
- Guest
March 18, 2001
- Anonymous
November 9, 2008
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