The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,804 Ratings)
 

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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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  • The Handmaiden’s Tale

    3
    By KLBoates
    Interesting premise, but the prose is repetitive, approaching boring, at times.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    4
    By barbarafromnoyac
    I hated the book early on but it did grow on me over time. It took quite a while before one has a general understanding of what it’s about. It did become quite interesting once there seemed to be some interaction between the characters.
  • Handmade’s Tale

    5
    By S. P. L.___
    WOW!!! This tale is emotionally charged!!! I simply could not put it down. I’m going to see the movie about this tale but I already know that I will be disappointed. I believe that Margaret Atwood designed this tale with the greatest attention to details to the Handmade’s tale that no one will be able to come close to her painstaking look into her characters of which she wrote! Thank you so much!!!!
  • Misleading ; terrible ending

    2
    By Roymeshia
    The writer jumps All over the place making it sometimes hard to follow. The writing seemed to drag on with glimpses into her past life but never the full story. And then it ends with a cliff hanger . I wouldn’t read it again
  • Surprisingly captivating

    5
    By amoemeka
    I read this over a weekend. Hard to put down. Great story writing.
  • Boring and strange

    1
    By Andrealynnstuartfarris
    I'm not sure why this book has such high ratings. It’s hard to follow, boring and strange. So bad that I would not have finished it, but I was reading it with a book club. Very disappointing.
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  • So, so good.

    5
    By MissChargers619
    What took me so long? This is one of those books where you’re super bummed when you finish it. I had anxiety all the way through, like when I read 1984 for the first time. Beautiful writing, interesting events, great detail. It could’ve been 200 pages longer.
  • What ending?

    3
    By Allie2183
    This is unfortunately a similar reality for many women in some countries. Meaning zero freedoms and no rights. Scary to think it could happen here. Does make you think, but i was hoping for a good story with an actual ending.

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