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The Handmaid's Tale

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 valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years 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......

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ISBN : 9780385490818
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Number of Pages : 311 pages
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The Handmaid's Tale Reviews

  • Luffy

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, none is as scary as Offred's world.

    The story elements lean towards women, because the main character is a woman. But it's so much more than that. It affects pro-choice people. It affects the romantics who draw ins
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  • Nathan

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make sense of all the frightening details that she describes, and that's one of the things that made this such a compelling read for me--I was desperate to figure out what was happening as well as how and why things had g ...more

  • Dan Schwent

    In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men. Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have created...

    Once upon a time, I dated a woman whose favorite writer was Margaret Atwood and she passed along this book for me to read. Frankly, I was pretty impressed with the dystopian tale but found it a little far-fetched at the time. Now, in the later part of 2017, it fe
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  • jessica

    i am a massive scaredy cat. and as i rule, i avoid all things horrifying, frightening, spooky, and anything else that will give me nightmares. so this book came as an absolute shock. i am terrified. right down to my bones.

    how can i be so fascinated by this kind of society, but also repulsed by it at the same time?

    why do i feel confident that something like this could never happen, but also have a voice in the back of my mind whispering, ‘are you really so sure?’

    what makes me want to never thin
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  • Adina

    I. Night

    I am lying awake in my bed. I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come. Fruitlessly! Outside, the rain is whipping the windows without mercy. My husband is sleeping next to me, oblivious to my struggle. I need my thoughts to go away. I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid's Tale and its effect on me. I knew I should have resumed myself to the self-imposed daily quota of 10%. But no. I had to read the last 30 % in one go and now I can't sleep because of it. It’s like a shot o
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  • Lisa

    Terrifying! But SO good!

    Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia:

    As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women as "hosts", deprived of their rights as individuals, we must start speaking up against the steady realisation of dystopian fiction. Let these authors, such as Orwell, Atwood, or Ishiguro, stay great writers of fiction! Don
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  • Fabian

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years."

    The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "The Diary of Anne Frank." This new vision of the future is one devoid the female mystique, with only one sex becoming triumphant &) dominating the other. This is misogyny to the nth degree. It is a holocaust that mi
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  • Lucy Langford

    4.5*****

    "Better never means better for everyone...it always means worse, for some."

    Wow. wow. Wow. Such an intense, compelling and gripping book. This book WILL make you feel uncomfortable.

    This book is set in a society (what used to be the USA) that controls women's bodies through a fundamentalist religion, acting as government and dictating all of the rules. This society is called the 'Republic of Gilead'. Here, women are divided into groups and are given a certain dress code to learn their pla
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