The Handmaid's Tale (tv Tie-in Edition) by Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale (tv Tie-in Edition) by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (tv Tie-in Edition)

byMargaret Atwood

Paperback | March 28, 2017

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In this seminal work of speculative fiction,  the Booker Prize-winning author asks: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Soon to be a10-episode TV series produced by MGM Television, starring  Elizabeth Moss (Madmen), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black),  Joseph Fiennes, and Max Minghella

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 days 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.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, andliterary tour de force.
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author ofmore than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in It...
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Finished #plumreview this book is a reminder of what the future holds if we're not careful and it was written from the perspective of someone so real and flawed, she could be any one of us
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just read it Enthralling and a little frightening
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Not my favourite Margaret Atwood book despite it being the most famous. Still a very interesting read, seems relevant to think about today.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, Empowering, Frighteningly close to reality Let me begin by saying I would give this book a 5/5 if the hardcover had been available when I purchased. That aside, its a dark, chilling, and blunt perspective of patriarchal control. If you are a fan of 1984 and futuristic dystopias, this should be on your book shelf.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Once I began to read this novel, there was no stopping. It was so hard to put down. The perfect combination of emotional and thrilling. I loved loved loved that it was based in the future. Honestly a great read all around. If you haven't read this novel yet, I definitely suggest you do.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Read Another classic Atwood novel - intriguing and involving!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thumbs down I really wasn't a fan of this book. I usually find Margaret Atwood's books are hit-or-miss for me and this was just one of those books. The story itself was interesting enough and kept my attention the entire time, I just wasn't a fan of the content.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible book! It may be fiction but you can’t help but relate some aspects to real historical events. Margaret Atwood writes an empowering story of women’s argued rights and freedoms, granted through their subsequent oppression. Could not put it down and kept me intrigued as to what happened after the conclusion.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Not in my wheel h;use ! Very disturbing
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood I flew through this book as it is such an interesting read and transports you to a world so very different, but acutely similar to ours and then it just... stops. The first 10 chapters are breathtaking and you just want to know what is going to happen next? A riot, a women's rebellion, but no, none of that happens and the ending is very lacking. It is a classic and worth the read, but not something that I would die for.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Undeniably Amazing This book is one of the most incredible works of fiction I've ever read. Everyone should read this. While I am not a huge fan of the TV edition of the book, I've never liked them, the story and the writing is absolutely amazing. Atwood is one of the most talented writers of time. After reading the book, and then watching the show based on it, I have a whole new appreciation for the delicate way she handles such an insanely difficult and challenging themes. And the world she creates is one that is innately real and inherently terrifying. And, it could very well happen which adds a level of reality to this book most people would have a hard time handling. But, it is amazing. I highly recommend this book, and most other books, by Margret Atwood. Read it.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Not my usual style of reading but I loved it very much! Definitely suggest the tv series once you finish the book!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book. it was great
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Handmaid's Tale I recently watched the first season of The Handmaid's Tale - the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel. The programme is extremely well done and sent me straight back to the book. This is one of the scariest books I have ever read. The Rebublic of Gilead (formerly The USA) is a totalitarian and theocratic state. Pollution, radiation and sexually transmitted diseases have caused sterility and only a very few women have the ability to conceive and deliver a healthy child. The Handsmaids (named for the servants of Rachel and Leah in the Bible who bore children for their mistresses) have borne healthy children in the past and are assigned to elite families for the sole purpose of giving them a child. The book depicts a world in which no one is free, where everyone is constantly under watch, and women have no control over their bodies. The main reason it is so frightening is because although it seems so far fetched, it is based on an ideology that is heard every day from the lips of politicians, the media, religious leaders and others: the need to return to 'traditional family values'. This book shows how this can go terribly wrong when taken too far. But how far is 'too far'? We walk a very fine line when we start to give our freedoms - even little ones - away. It is entirely possible to lose much more than we bargained for. This disturbing book raises many issues about personal freedom, government and conflicting ideologies - an excellent and thought provoking read.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of Imagery There were a lot of words that described the landscape which Atwood probably used metaphorically. This isn't a short read because most of the writing describes the environment and so its worth it to imagine what the book is trying to show you. Regardless, it's a great book on a dystopian society which doesn't shove any messages down your throat.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read An interesting read. A bit confusing at first to follow the plot but once I got into it I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I enjoyed the narrative and the plot line. It is scary how this dystopian could actually happen in the States.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book first! I read the book prior to watching the series and I will say the book is better. What a strange concept - at first I thought it was set a couple hundred years ago but only learned it was in the near future. I love how it was written and seemed like a story that is entirely possible.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype This was a great read. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed the story and the character.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I liked how the story line was different and eye-opening however it took me longer than my "100 pg" minimum read before I quit reading a book. I thought she could have been more concise with her writing style to get the book rolling faster.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good i really like the different kinds of characters that they had
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth revisiting this classic! In high school this was 'forced reading', and admittedly not a book that thrilled me all that much then. BUT after watching the TV adaptation, I felt the need to revisit this classic. I have to say, I am glad I have. It's pretty brilliant, and has given me a whole new appreciate for Margaret Atwood. She truly is a Canadian gem.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different and intriguing style of writing i really liked the unique story and character
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good but different This book was quite different from the show. In some ways the show better explains certain plot points where the book was vague. It's still just as thrilling, and a must read for sure!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! Atwood is one of my favourites! This book was a page turner - well-written.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Atwood definitely has a style when writing books and it can either appeal to others or turn them off. I loved the writing style of this book and it kept me wanting to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good until the end. I have enjoyed Atwood's books in the past and this one was good too, though not her best. I wasn't the biggest fan of how she ended it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping such a scary read with moments of love to level out the sadness it carries.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary! I really liked this when I read it. Knowing more about Christian fundamentalism now, though, I've noticed that Atwood doesn't really get the culture right. Still, as a dystopian story, it's rather harrowing. In particular, the odd relationship Offred has with her body after having it covered up for so long was a real eye opener for me when I first read it.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A struggle to get through This book was painful to read, it was hard to keep reading and finish, but because I am not a quitter I continued on. I love the show but this- this was too dull
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming With all the hype surrounding The Handmaid's Tale, I decided to check it out. I really wanted to like it because of the storyline but ultimately found it disappointing. The dialogue is so dull and I had a hard time even finishing the book.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Relevant, but not the first of its kind Interesting book depicting a dystopian society, which is an intriguing concept but not entirely original (eg. 1984, The Giver, etc.). Nevertheless, the book compels the reader to question the trajectory of society, how decisions of today can impact realities of tomorrow, how vulnerable we are in forgetting past mistakes.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Definitely a good read! I'm excited to watch the show. I'm not sure what the difference is between the printed versions of this book, but from what I can tell, there isn't anything lacking with this version.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great feminist novel I loved this book. While there is no huge plot line to the story, the book remains a page turner.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!! Loved the book and of course the series is riveting!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking and Tense I read this book for the first time in high school (+10 years ago). Atwood demonstrates some interesting ideas on womanhood and women's place in society. It is a terrifying glimpse of what can happen when bad ideas are followed through the extreme.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book, could not put it down. Amazingly written took me no time to read, would highly recommend as a good book club read!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Enjoyed the book, apart from having to adjust to the lack of quotation marks. Great read!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Loved the book! Read it in Grade 11 and just re read it and it's still great! Love the mini series as well. <3
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant, thought provoking, terrifying, fantastic... I purposely had not watched the television series before reading this so I had no idea what the book was about... Wow. It honestly had me thinking...this is how our world could end up...maybe...if things keep going the way they are. Pretty frightening to imagine living in the world Atwood has depicted. Very thought provoking. Definitely would recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic This is a book that I have read many times over the years. Definitely one of Margaret Atwood's best. And if you are loving the TV series, the book dives much deeper! A must read.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed every page! I did not want to put this book down, each page was more riveting than the last. There are so many relevant themes and messages from the story that resonated with me. A must read.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very thought provoking I loved the novel, it is a classic that is relevant in todays soceity. This is a great indtroduction to Margaret Atwoods work and will be reading more of her novels in the future!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Read Much better than "The Blind Assassin" (from what I remember). Can't compare it to her other novels. Very well written; definitely scoops you up and brings you in.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I never want to live in that world Thanks Margaret Atwood, you have disturbed me once again.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TV TYE-IN THAT WORKS They book works well once you watch the show, you are hungry for more once you've completed the novel - and there are some changes but nothing too drastic, the show does a great job of giving you tidbits of more about the other characters as the book is told only from Offred's perspective. I recommend reading and then watching and becoming totally addicted to the pair.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great good, on par with 1984 Not the easiest reading by any means, this book is still an excellent exercise in dystopian writing. I read it in 2010, and I think that now, in 2017, with the American elections, it is even more disturbing and relevant.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating read I've fallen in love with this story and Margaret's writing. Fresh new take on the concept of dystopian worlds. Will read more from Margaret Atwood.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking Really in depth read. Very good choice if you are in a book club, there is a lot to talk about!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book I admit I originally wanted to read this book because of a picket sign I saw in a picture of the womens' march, it said 'the Handmaid's tale is not a guidebook'. I bought the book knowing very little about it. Margaret Atwood is a very talented author and I am upset that it has taken me this long to discover her books. This may have been the first book that I have read by her but it most certainly will not be the last.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting An interesting view on an alternate universe. Makes you think.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Relevant Than Ever Beautifully written, and incredibly important in understanding the politics surrounding reproductive rights and gender politics today.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read Slow start, but a classic that is definitely worth sticking with it until the end.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read the book and watched the show I really enjoyed the show and I read the book after and liked it just as much.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. It took great patience, many cups of coffee and intense concentration just to pass the 100 page mark. The book is horribly written with a complete lack of plot and character development.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better The theme is great, meaningful and coherent. However, the way the story is told becomes very boring and it took me a while to really get into it.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I found this book to be ok. It was very slow int he beginning making me put the book down a few times. But once I was a few chapters in, it grabbed my attention and I was able to finish it in a day.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good but not Great I found the story and themes this book interesting but the way the story was written make it boring and hard to get through.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good themes, but not riveting story telling I wanted to read the book before watching the tv show. I found the themes regarding fear mongering, feminism and religion to be interesting and thought provoking. However, I wish Atwood had gone more in depth regarding why the world was in the state that it was. Overall found it a boring read, I struggled to finish.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I felt it was boring. Writing was dry.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watched the show, read the book I was not expecting to love this book, but after watching the show (and enjoying it!) I felt that I should read the book. The book gives a greater depth and imagination to it. An interesting read.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarily relivent. I had read this when I was in high school but didn't really remember much about it. Re-reading it as an adult, nearly 30 years later, I was blown away by how much this book had helped shape who I am today n requards to my views on women's rights and reproductive atonomy.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A compelling story, it is one that I have gone back to and reread again and again over the years. This piece of literature is timeless, the concepts transcend time and are almost always relevant to the politics existing in the world no matter what decade. I would always recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I've read Oryx and Crake in high school. Margaret Atwood is an awesome writer and this book was one of those that make you think a lot as you read.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ATwood is a prophet First, I did not see the series, so I can not speak to the TV tie-in. Science fiction is a wonderful genre that allows the writer and readers to explore the issues we would rather avoid. Although written 20 plus years ago, the issues raised have not gone away, rather we are closer to dystopia. She is unparalleled in her insight to the concerns and attitudes of the struggle to be female.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not all it's cracked up to be For whatever reason, I just could not wrap my head around this book. I wanted it to be over from the minute I started it. Sure, the dystopian premise is disturbing but it seemed as if not much happened. Even Offred herself seemed to be content in her misery. The ending was dry and the historical notes further confused me. Perhaps I’ll give the TV series a chance and maybe it will offer me more insight into the plot.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from over rated Too much hype. The story was lacking something. I kept waiting for something big to happen but nothing really did.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cautionary tale that's becoming all too true I never had to read an Atwood for school before so much of my experiences reading her novels have been very pleasant and eye-opening. The experience reading The Handmaid's Tale was similar, and so much more. Let's just say I cannot believe that this novel is even more relevant than ever, and one that I'll hold the lessons and wisdom it imparts on the reader close to my heart lest we end up in an all too scarily conceivable future.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner! I loved the way Atwood structures each chapter. Such a well written book and feels so topical with the current political climate. Couldn't put it down! Made me an even bigger fan of the TV series when it came out. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be required reading This is a novel that everyone should be familiar with, for its themes and messages. It's sending us a warning, a glimpse of the future if our current society should reach its "logical end," as Margaret Atwood put it. Engrossing and shocking. Not a story you'll soon forget.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Bought this on a whim because of the hype about the TV series, but can't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so Kind of boring at times but not that horrible.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingy Stunning Memoir I read this book a few weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Offred's tale and the dystopian world she lives in were impossible to turn away from, and I found myself oh so emotionally involved. Heart-wrenching and beautifully written, the Handmaid's Tale whisks the reader away to Gilead, a post-apocalyptic society in which women are divided by roles they are selected to fulfill. Offred gives us a first-person account of what life is like for a Handmaid, whose sole purpose is to reproduce. Forbidden to read, write, or wear anything but the red ensemble portrayed on the cover of this book, the Handmaids are more like possessions than people. Still, Offred has a courageous will to survive, that pours from the pages of her memoir. She gives the reader a full-frontal view of what life in Gilead is like, and hopes that someone, someday, will tell the tale. The Handmaid's Tale is thought-provoking, startling, and completely believable.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing writing style The writing in this book is very captivating, it'll keep you interested from start to finish, even if the story itself is not too eventful. The story is told from the perspective of Offred, a girl in a fucked up dystopian society, a result of rapid birth rate decline. It's a very interesting look into the human psyche, and the author does a good job at developing chilling ideas that will get stuck with you. Overall, it's not a revolutionary read or one that will change your life. But it might still make it into your top 25 list.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Did not meet my expectations
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important read Very good book especially in the current state of the world now. Very relevant and important for feminist ideals
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! The book is good as well as the series!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an important book! I think that everyone should read this book! It is very well written and deals with some very important concepts
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it then, love it now I've worn out two copies of my own, and given away another two copies because I want everyone I know to read this!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creepy a great Canadian work and very eerie in the political climate #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My first time reading Atwood's books and it was a well written and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Classic Tale Chilling and also uplifting.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic This is my first Margaret Atwood read and I was not disappointed one bit. This book had me glued to its pages that I read it in 1 day. I cannot wait to begin to read more of her works. I loved everything about this book. I hope the TV show is just as good, I still have to watch!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A personal favourite Re-read this novel when the show was coming out. A huge Margaret Atwood fan. This is a classic.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. The book is good as well as the series.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me I cannot enjoy the writing style of this author. I am unable to get involved.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoy the show more than the book Call me a millennial but I thoroughly enjoy the TV show more than the book which I find to drag a bit
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Margaret Atwood is an amazing author who can connect us to a fictional world which may not be as far off as we think.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and timely Very interesting read that is so appropriate for our times
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Handmaid's Tale A very interesting read that makes you think.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read, even if it was confusing Very well-written and intense, but thoroughly confusing at times to decipher exactly what was going on and where this woman lived and what kind of society existed. Also confusing is how the society managed to get itself like this.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This was my first time reading a Margaret Atwood book and I absolutely loved it. The message is terrifying, but her writing just pulled me in. I'm excited to read more Atwood in the future!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book! If you have seen the show you will love it! It fills in some gaps. Good read!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Chilling, meaningful, relevant. One of the best novels to come out of feminist literature.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I bought this after watching an interview by one of the actresses in the show. It was very captivating. I believe I read this one in just a few days. The only thing I'm not overly joyed about was how I was left hanging at the end- I really want to know what happens next. Part 2 perhaps?
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved this book! Great story of a dystopian society that will keep you hooked and evoke plenty of emotions in you while you read it.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great but terrifying story! I watched the tv series first and was so curious how the story ends so I bought this book. It did not disappoint. I loved the writing style and was hooked throughout the whole story. Terrifying premise given our current political state.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Fantastic read. It kept me hooked, looking forward to watching the show
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH Not my type of book, picked it up because of the huge hype from it, took my forever to read, the ending left me with more questions that I wanted
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! Great Book! I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is a challenging read, but it's fantastic. You HAVE to pair it with the show, it fills in so many details--ESPECIALLY with its epilogue. Its hard to believe Atwood wrote this in the mid-80's. It could have been written yesterday in the way it describes its "past" which is really our "present."
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Margaret Atwood novel I love The Handmaid's Tale. I read it in high school and wanted to own a copy to read before watching the mini-series. Normally, I hate buying TV tie-in editions, but the cover is so subtle it warranted an exception!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Not only is this book incredibly well written but it is incredibly prescient. Even after making progress it is still possible to regress. This is an important book that deserves to be widely read as we go through these strange times.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! If you want to see the difference between YA dystopian and literary dystopian, read this. When I read the Hunger Games about 5 years ago I was shocked by its premise. But the shock that comes with reading this book is on a different level. It has a different type of violence in it that you don't find within YA, and that's why it makes it even more horrifying to read. It was so good.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let down I had such high hopes for this novel because of all of the hype behind the TV show. It took me a while to get into the story, I feel like it was very drawn out and there are big periods of time where nothing really seems to happen. It was not an enjoyable read, and I was very let down by this book.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More by Atwood! This was a gift to me and I LOVED IT! Being about women having virtually no reproduction rights and being separated from their families, it was one of the most scary books I have read - and not in the classical "jump scare" sense, but in the real life sense. I recommend this book to any friends who will listen. It started a theme of books I've chosen to read regarding women, reproduction, and fighting for their rights. For a while, I couldn't enjoy another book because it just was't the Handmaid's Tale. Definitely going to read more of Atwood!!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I could have read something else I thought I would join the bandwagon and try reading this book. May have been Atwood's style of writing, or just the topic in general, but I didn't enjoy this book very much.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite book... Took me awhile to get through this one. Didn't really get interesting until about halfway through. This was my first Margaret Atwood book, might be the last
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read My sister had to read this for a university class and recommended it to me. I instantly fell in love with Margaret Atwoods writing! Will try more of her books in the future.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eerie, twisted got this as a birthday gift, just as the series was released. i didn't finish the book until after the season was over. the timing of events between the book and the show differ but it's mostly the same. i would love to pick apart margaret atwood's brain and see where all of her unique and twisted plot ideas come from!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... I started this book on a Sunday and was finished by Tuesday. Such an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Difficult to think this may be a possibility in the future. Amazing book...
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Couldn't put it down. Finished it in one sitting!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely flew though this book. I wanted to read the original before watching the new tv series. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read I bought this book after seeing the ads on TV (it looked interesting enough). It was a dark and intense read. Definitely different then my usual reading content. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting book This book makes you think a lot about the actual world and how it might become if it keeps on being in a certain way. I love it!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Messed Up One of the most messed up utopian books I've ever read.. but really interesting non the less.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good not Great The very real plausibility of the premise of the novel is fantastic, but the way in which Atwood write felt cumbersome at times.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a let-down. I don't have very much to say about this one. Given the social issues of the time (which are, unfortunately, still overwhelmingly relevant), the general plot is great - and horrifically plausible. And as always, Atwood demonstrates a very complex and nuanced understanding of motivation and the human condition. But the execution is annoyingly protracted, the characters are rather dull (while this makes sense given their lives, it makes for a rather boring read), and the odd, incomplete snippets about Gilead leave a lot to be desired. The story was exactly what I expected in that I might as well have skipped it entirely. I was hoping that Atwood's brilliance would make it worthwhile; it didn't.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put this book down, engaging from beginning to end
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put this book down, engaging from beginning to end
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~ I just bought this book and I'm so excited to start reading it! I love the cover art.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved- Loved Loved it!!! Wow! I absolutely loved reading this book. For some reason, I had not read any of her books for some time. Not really sure why except that I felt that everyone was just to hyped up on her as a written and this was only due to marketing and not her talent . Boy was I wrong!!! Silly me. Well, I must say , she is a great writer and I will most certainly be reading more of her books. Can't wait to read the next one I pick up!! Any one of them will do I am sure. I am so glad I picked this one up. I would recommend reading it for sure. I don't think I would watch the TV version of the book as I don't think it would be anywhere near as good.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding. “Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” I am currently in the middle of this book, and I can already tell this is going to be one of my all time favourite books.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best!! i love this book, I only wish they would make a set of collection with all of the books.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this more than I thought I had skimmed over this book about a month before I bought it. For whatever reason the first time I had picked it up I wasn't interested. I then saw it again after having seen previews for the show, so I decided to pick it up and I am glad I did. I couldn't wait to pick this book up at the end of day, I wanted to find out more about Offred's experience and what would happen next. Written in the future, it's much different than any other similar books that i've read and keeps you interested until the very end
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love her Once again Margaret Atwood proves she is sharper and thought provoking than most with the richness (and scary relevance) that this novel provides.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The book was very well written and the story was compelling.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I read this book back in "86" and liked it. After that however I became disappointed in her writing. To avoid a greater disapointment I refuse to watch the tv series. I am glad I haven't. as my wife was binge watching it I was reading something Canadian and contemporary. As she was wearing the headphones and I could not hear the soundtrack I would every so often look up at the screen. It seemed that every time I looked up Kate Moss was having sex and that in itself turned me off as the "pandering" of so many Canadian novelists which David Adams Richards makes comment of in his latest novel just seemed to carry on and thus tv, although giving rebirth to a great novel has in fact destroyed the beauty and the horror of the original story. Sorry Margaret. You may be famous, and a great novelist, but "they" ruined this book.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reels you in!! I love Margaret Atwood books, and this has to be one of my favourites! I am always intrigued by the unique stories and style of writing that she uses. It's a cool read! :)
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love/Hate Relationship If reading about the stringent life in a totalitarian theocracy is your cup of tea, then this book is for you! I think more people need to read it and I am happy that a television program was made in its honour. It will make your skin crawl.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the book so much now I'm starting the tv show!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG LOVE THIS BOOK the same for the show
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great What an amazingly well written book. Thumbs up guys...
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Always such an amazing read
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a favourite so dark , especially for a woman..
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An essential dystopian read I am not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood, but this book is an essential read. It explores a terrifying world that sadly resonates with today's life and times. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Really interesting and original plot line, a dystopian setting with some pretty dark stuff.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Sadly, a sign of these times. A book of resignation and resistance.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn I am torn because i really loved this book but at the same time i hated the ending. Happy i can watch the show now because i always read before watching.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary in its predictions So well written and grasping but often hits close to home with what is happening in the world...incredible story.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am a feminist but This book was a little too dark for me.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book so far A great book so far, I was a bit confused in the beginning but now that I understand the logistics of it it's a great book
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Atwood One of her best novels. A scary vision for the future. Must-read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing such a good book, and very relevant for today
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good creepy and relevant. good read
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Great novel. Even though this came out decades ago, it's relevance to today is startling. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Terrifying, Emotionally Charged I loved this book. Admittedly there were times when I found it a bit draining to read, some parts were rather raw emotionally, and overall the thought of a society like this was terrifying. When I finished I wished so much that there was a sequel, though I desired no more time in Gilead! This would make an amazing bookclub pick, LOTS to discuss.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this book when I was a teen and again as an adult. It's amazing how much more you get from a book when you read it a 2nd time. Atwood really is amazing with words. You get to know the characters so well. I wish there was a sequel. AMAZING!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow I was really interested in reading this book due to the series that came out. To be honest I found it to be very slow and quite boring. It was somewhat interesting towards the middle but I was really waiting on a climax however nothing happened.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Atwood is a literary genius, she knows how to word sentences. Very good book for a feminist literature. Even the tv show is pretty good
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Margaret Atwood is an incredible writer, and it's very evident in The Handmaid's Tale. Not only is this book well-written, the premise is very unique, and it definitely gets you thinking. If you love dystopian novels or even feminist literature, this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK I have been watching THE HANDMAID'S TALE series on BRAVO TV because I loved the book so much. BRILLIANT story. Thank you Margaret Atwood for this fantastic novel, which has been transformed into a fantastic series, that I am addicted to.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok. Everyone I know that's read this book loved it. However I found it hard to read. The story idea is fantastic I just had a hard time reading it. Didn't like how quotations weren't used to show people talking.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivid I read this book first in secret when I was about 10. My mom was reading it and told me I wasn't allowed to because it wasn't appropriate for my age. I read it quickly in chunks before she got home from work. It's heavy material for a child but I remember the book so vividly now that I still think about it and what it means.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book is a great read, I love the mature dystopian novel, as there seems to be so many YA ones now a days. Reading as I watch the show, which is really enjoyable as well.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent When I first started reading the book, I was unsure about it, but as I kept reading Atwood managed to pull me in. It is thought provoking and insightful. While the writing format can be difficult at times, I did not find that it affected my understanding of what was going on in the novel.
Date published: 2017-05-30

Read from the Book

1We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formerly played there; the hoops for the basketball nets were still in place, though the nets were gone. A balcony ran around the room, for the spectators, and I thought I could smell, faintly like an afterimage, the pungent scent of sweat, shot through with the sweet taint of chewing gum and perfume from the watching girls, felt-skirted as I knew from pictures, later in miniskirts, then pants, then in one earring, spiky green-streaked hair. Dances would have been held there; the music lingered, a palimpsest of unheard sound, style upon style, an undercurrent of drums, a forlorn wail, garlands made of tissue-paper flowers, cardboard devils, a revolving ball of mirrors, powdering the dancers with a snow of light.There was old sex in the room and loneliness, and expectation, of something without a shape or name. I remember that yearning, for something that was always about to happen and was never the same as the hands that were on us there and then, in the small of the back, or out back, in the parking lot, or in the television room with the sound turned down and only the pictures flickering over lifting flesh.We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability? It was in the air; and it was still in the air, an afterthought, as we tried to sleep, in the army cots that had been set up in rows, with spaces between so we could not talk. We had flannelette sheets, like children's, and army-issue blankets, old ones that still said U.S. We folded our clothes neatly and laid them on the stools at the ends of the beds. The lights were turned down but not out. Aunt Sara and Aunt Elizabeth patrolled; they had electric cattle prods slung on thongs from their leather belts.No guns though, even they could not be trusted with guns. Guns were for the guards, specially picked from the Angels. The guards weren't allowed inside the building except when called, and we weren't allowed out, except for our walks, twice daily, two by two around the football field, which was enclosed now by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. The Angels stood outside it with their backs to us. They were objects of fear to us, but of something else as well. If only they would look. If only we could talk to them. Something could be exchanged, we thought, some deal made, some tradeoff, we still had our bodies. That was our fantasy.We learned to whisper almost without sound. In the semidarkness we could stretch out our arms, when the Aunts weren't looking, and touch each other's hands across space. We learned to lip-read, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, watching each other's mouths. In this way we exchanged names, from bed to bed:Alma. Janine. Dolores. Moira. June.IIShopping2A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath, and in the center of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier, once. They've removed anything you could tie a rope to.A window, two white curtains. Under the window, a window seat with a little cushion. When the window is partly open--it only opens partly--the air can come in and make the curtains move. I can sit in the chair, or on the window seat, hands folded, and watch this. Sunlight comes in through the window too, and falls on the floor, which is made of wood, in narrow strips, highly polished. I can smell the polish. There's a rug on the floor, oval, of braided rags. This is the kind of touch they like: folk art, archaic, made by women, in their spare time, from things that have no further use. A return to traditional values. Waste not want not. I am not being wasted. Why do I want?On the wall above the chair, a picture, framed but with no glass: a print of flowers, blue irises, watercolor. Flowers are still allowed. Does each of us have the same print, the same chair, the same white curtains, I wonder? Government issue?Think of it as being in the army, said Aunt Lydia.A bed. Single, mattress medium-hard, covered with a flocked white spread. Nothing takes place in the bed but sleep; or no sleep. I try not to think too much. Like other things now, thought must be rationed. There's a lot that doesn't bear thinking about. Thinking can hurt your chances, and I intend to last. I know why there is no glass, in front of the watercolor picture of blue irises, and why the window opens only partly and why the glass in it is shatterproof. It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge.So. Apart from these details, this could be a college guest room, for the less distinguished visitors; or a room in a rooming house, of former times, for ladies in reduced circumstances. That is what we are now. The circumstances have been reduced; for those of us who still have circumstances.But a chair, sunlight, flowers: these are not to be dismissed. I am alive, I live, I breathe, I put my hand out, unfolded, into the sunlight. Where I am is not a prison but a privilege, as Aunt Lydia said, who was in love with either/or.The bell that measures time is ringing. Time here is measured by bells, as once in nunneries. As in a nunnery too, there are few mirrors.I get up out of the chair, advance my feet into the sunlight, in their red shoes, flat-heeled to save the spine and not for dancing. The red gloves are lying on the bed. I pick them up, pull them onto my hands, finger by finger. Everything except the wings around my face is red: the color of blood, which defines us. The skirt is ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke that extends over the breasts, the sleeves are full. The white wings too are prescribed issue; they are to keep us from seeing, but also from being seen. I never looked good in red, it's not my color. I pick up the shopping basket, put it over my arm.The door of the room--not my room, I refuse to say my--is not locked. In fact it doesn't shut properly. I go out into the polished hallway, which has a runner down the center, dusty pink. Like a path through the forest, like a carpet for royalty, it shows me the way.The carpet bends and goes down the front staircase and I go with it, one hand on the banister, once a tree, turned in another century, rubbed to a warm gloss. Late Victorian, the house is, a family house, built for a large rich family. There's a grandfather clock in the hallway, which doles out time, and then the door to the motherly front sitting room, with its flesh tones and hints. A sitting room in which I never sit, but stand or kneel only. At the end of the hallway, above the front door, is a fanlight of colored glass: flowers, red and blue.There remains a mirror, on the hall wall. If I turn my head so that the white wings framing my face direct my vision towards it, I can see it as I go down the stairs, round, convex, a pier glass, like the eye of a fish, and myself in it like a distorted shadow, a parody of something, some fairy-tale figure in a red cloak, descending towards a moment of carelessness that is the same as danger. A Sister, dipped in blood.At the bottom of the stairs there's a hat-and-umbrella stand, the bentwood kind, long rounded rungs of wood curving gently up into hooks shaped like the opening fronds of a fern. There are several umbrellas in it: black, for the Commander, blue, for the Commander's Wife, and the one assigned to me, which is red. I leave the red umbrella where it is, because I know from the window that the day is sunny. I wonder whether or not the Commander's Wife is in the sitting room. She doesn't always sit. Sometimes I can hear her pacing back and forth, a heavy step and then a light one, and the soft tap of her cane on the dusty-rose carpet.I walk along the hallway, past the sitting room door and the door that leads into the dining room, and open the door at the end of the hall and go through into the kitchen. Here the smell is no longer of furniture polish. Rita is in here, standing at the kitchen table, which has a top of chipped white enamel. She's in her usual Martha's dress, which is dull green, like a surgeon's gown of the time before. The dress is much like mine in shape, long and concealing, but with a bib apron over it and without the white wings and the veil. She puts on the veil to go outside, but nobody much cares who sees the face of a Martha. Her sleeves are rolled to the elbow, showing her brown arms. She's making bread, throwing the loaves for the final brief kneading and then the shaping.Rita sees me and nods, whether in greeting or in simple acknowledgment of my presence it's hard to say, and wipes her floury hands on her apron and rummages in the kitchen drawer for the token book. Frowning, she tears out three tokens and hands them to me. Her face might be kindly if she would smile. But the frown isn't personal: it's the red dress she disapproves of, and what it stands for. She thinks I may be catching, like a disease or any form of bad luck.Sometimes I listen outside closed doors, a thing I never would have done in the time before. I don't listen long, because I don't want to be caught doing it. Once, though, I heard Rita say to Cora that she wouldn't debase herself like that.Nobody asking you, Cora said. Anyways, what could you do, supposing?Go to the Colonies, Rita said. They have the choice.With the Unwomen, and starve to death and Lord knows what all? said Cora. Catch you.They were shelling peas; even through the almost-closed door I could hear the light clink of the hard peas falling into the metal bowl. I heard Rita, a grunt or a sigh, of protest or agreement.Anyways, they're doing it for us all, said Cora, or so they say. If I hadn't of got my tubes tied, it could of been me, say I was ten years younger. It's not that bad. It's not what you'd call hard work.Better her than me, Rita said, and I opened the door. Their faces were the way women's faces are when they've been talking about you behind your back and they think you've heard: embarrassed, but also a little defiant, as if it were their right. That day, Cora was more pleasant to me than usual, Rita more surly.Today, despite Rita's closed face and pressed lips, I would like to stay here, in the kitchen. Cora might come in, from somewhere else in the house, carrying her bottle of lemon oil and her duster, and Rita would make coffee--in the houses of the Commanders there is still real coffee--and we would sit at Rita's kitchen table, which is not Rita's any more than my table is mine, and we would talk, about aches and pains, illnesses, our feet, our backs, all the different kinds of mischief that our bodies, like unruly children, can get into. We would nod our heads as punctuation to each other's voices, signaling that yes, we know all about it. We would exchange remedies and try to outdo each other in the recital of our physical miseries; gently we would complain, our voices soft and minor key and mournful as pigeons in the eaves troughs. I know what you mean, we'd say. Or, a quaint expression you sometimes hear, still, from older people: I hear where you're coming from, as if the voice itself were a traveler, arriving from a distant place. Which it would be, which it is.How I used to despise such talk. Now I long for it. At least it was talk. An exchange, of sorts.Or we would gossip. The Marthas know things, they talk among themselves, passing the unofficial news from house to house. Like me, they listen at doors, no doubt, and see things even with their eyes averted. I've heard them at it sometimes, caught whiffs of their private conversations. Stillborn, it was. Or, Stabbed her with a knitting needle, right in the belly. Jealousy, it must have been, eating her up. Or, tantalizingly, It was toilet cleaner she used. Worked like a charm, though you'd think he'd of tasted it. Must've been that drunk; but they found her out all right.Or I would help Rita make the bread, sinking my hands into that soft resistant warmth which is so much like flesh. I hunger to touch something, other than cloth or wood. I hunger to commit the act of touch.But even if I were to ask, even if I were to violate decorum to that extent, Rita would not allow it. She would be too afraid. The Marthas are not supposed to fraternize with us.Fraternize means to behave like a brother. Luke told me that. He said there was no corresponding word that meant to behave like a sister. Sororize, it would have to be, he said. From the Latin. He liked knowing about such details. The derivations of words, curious usages. I used to tease him about being pedantic.I take the tokens from Rita's outstretched hand. They have pictures on them, of the things they can be exchanged for: twelve eggs, a piece of cheese, a brown thing that's supposed to be a steak. I place them in the zippered pocket in my sleeve, where I keep my pass."Tell them fresh, for the eggs," she says. "Not like last time. And a chicken, tell them, not a hen. Tell them who it's for and then they won't mess around.""All right," I say. I don't smile. Why tempt her to friendship?3I go out by the back door, into the garden, which is large and tidy: a lawn in the middle, a willow, weeping catkins; around the edges, the flower borders, in which the daffodils are now fading and the tulips are opening their cups, spilling out color. The tulips are red, a darker crimson towards the stem, as if they have been cut and are beginning to heal there.This garden is the domain of the Commander's Wife. Looking out through my shatterproof window I've often seen her in it, her knees on a cushion, a light blue veil thrown over her wide gardening hat, a basket at her side with shears in it and pieces of string for tying the flowers into place. A Guardian detailed to the Commander does the heavy digging; the Commander's Wife directs, pointing with her stick. Many of the Wives have such gardens, it's something for them to order and maintain and care for.I once had a garden. I can remember the smell of the turned earth, the plump shapes of bulbs held in the hands, fullness, the dry rustle of seeds through the fingers. Time could pass more swiftly that way. Sometimes the Commander's Wife has a chair brought out, and just sits in it, in her garden. From a distance it looks like peace.She isn't here now, and I start to wonder where she is: I don't like to come upon the Commander's Wife unexpectedly. Perhaps she's sewing, in the sitting room, with her left foot on the footstool, because of her arthritis. Or knitting scarves, for the Angels at the front lines. I can hardly believe the Angels have a need for such scarves; anyway, the ones made by the Commander's Wife are too elaborate. She doesn't bother with the cross-and-star pattern used by many of the other Wives, it's not a challenge. Fir trees march across the ends of her scarves, or eagles, or stiff humanoid figures, boy and girl, boy and girl. They aren't scarves for grown men but for children.

Editorial Reviews

“A taut thriller, a psychological study, a play on words.…A rich and complex book.”–New York Times“Atwood has peered behind the curtain into some of the darkest, most secret, yet oddly erotic corners of the mind, and the result is a fascinating, wonderfully written, and disturbing cautionary tale.”–Toronto Sun“A novel that will both chill and caution readers and which may challenge everyday assumptions.…It is an imaginative accomplishment of a high order. . . . ”–London Free Press“Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it is not prophetic.”–Conor Cruise O’Brien“A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections of politics and sex.…Satisfying, disturbing and compelling.” –Washington Post“The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood’s novels.”–Maclean’s“It deserves an honored place on the small shelf of cautionary tales that have entered modern folklore – a place next to, and by no means inferior to, Brave New World and 1984.”–Publishers Weekly“Deserves the highest praise.” –San Francisco Chronicle“In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood has written the most chilling cautionary novel of the century.”–Phoenix Gazette “Imaginative, even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace.”–Globe and Mail“Margaret Atwood’s novels tickle our deepest sexual and psychological fears. The Handmaid’s Tale is a sly and beautifully crafted story about the fate of an ordinary woman caught off guard by extraordinary events. . . . A compelling fable of our time.”–Glamour“This visionary novel, in which God and Government are joined, and America is run as a Puritanical Theocracy, can be read as a companion volume to Orwell’s 1984 –its verso, in fact. It gives you the same degree of chill, even as it suggests the varieties of tyrannical experience; it evokes the same kind of horror even as its mordant wit makes you smile.”–E. L. Doctorow