The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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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.

Reviews

  • Needed more...

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    By LindaAlamo
    This was the scariest book I ever read because it fits the rise of the "evangelical" base in our last two and a half decades of politics. The constant attics on women's rights and the belief that subservience is biblically ratified. The end was wrapped up too quickly. Needed more.
  • Life changing

    5
    By Mugurllollipop1234838
    I just love this book.
  • Very Nice

    4
    By The Handmaid's Tale
    A well written Novel.
  • Moving

    5
    By Jobo238
    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was enthralling, even though it took me awhile to get acclimated to what was happening. But it made me so sad & a little mad, afraid. It reads like a cautionary tale, a warning; be wary of extremists. The end caught me by surprise- I was expecting more of the story. I would definitely recommend this book, it's well-written & you definitely can connect with the main characters. But it's not a 'light' book or fun book; it's a deep book, a moving book. Enjoy!
  • A Must Read

    5
    By Asia HN
    Especially in our current political climate, this book opens eyes to a dystopian world that could quite easily become our own reality. Don't miss out on this extraordinary book.
  • Hard to follow

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    By smshall
    I did finish this book and parts were interesting. It was choppy and difficult to follow.
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  • Truly frightening

    5
    By nonenonenonenoone
    A truly great masterpiece. A literary work of genius. Like George Orwell's "1984", Atwood is a true visionary--to foresee a takeover by Islamic forces that would strip women of all their rights by virtue of the ultra right wing conservative beliefs that women are worth nothing more than being baby factories is haunting in this day and age of a Trump presidency and a conservative court shutting off women's access to health care, birth control and abortion left and right. What's truly frightening about this book is the possibility that it COULD conceivably happen. The parallels to Nazi Germany are frightening- dehumanization by virtue of turning people against one another through fear and rewards. Watching the series on Hulu now but I strongly recommend you read the book first. It's so much better. I can't wait to read other work now by Ms. Atwood!!!

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