The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart | September 6, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Handmaid's Tale is rated 3.66666666666667 out of 5 by 6.
In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008791

ISBN - 13: 9780771008795

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Handmaid's Tale Scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing introduction to Atwood This book has been my introduction to Margaret Atwood and I have to count it as one of the most interesting works I've read. That's perhaps not the highest of praise one can give, but it truly is a fascinating book. The way the author creates a world of thoughts and emotions is truly amazing.
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully disturbing A timely read for me, not too heroic, a woman's view of the future. Beautiful.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange and disturbing This book is written in a peculiar way and took me a few chapters to really get used to. The content was disturbing and at some points painful to read. Painful in the way your heart breaks for the emotional trauma such a character suffers. It is a dark and depressing world this character lives in. As much as this book is the very opposite of a feel good read, it is a worthwhile read. It really makes one think about the things we take for granted here. Such regimes do exist in the world today and seem so far away and foreign but to show something like this in North American soil really strikes home. I strongly recommend it but for those who are ready to appreciate it. It's not a book for everyone.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I had to read this book for school the first 100 pages were long and brutal to read. Nothing happens and it is just plain boring. After that the story gets moving we get to learn more about the characters and something actually happens, some action. It was an okay read I love all the symbols and all the themes that are present in this story but I do not like her style of writting I am more into teen books, so this was completely off what I usually read.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good or Bad, I don't know I can't remember ever feeling more conflicted about what to say about a novel in a very long time. The negative about this tale: The long philosophy lessons contained within the narrative; the hard to follow jumps through time as Offred reminisces and misses her days gone by; and the stale humour (Atwood seriously writes the "pen is envy"). The positive: a sad, but curious look at a possible future for females; a plethora of problems for our main character that seem to catch up to her near the book's conclusion, and an ambiguous ending that even "future scholars" can't figure out. I have to admit that at times this book was hard to put down, but at others times it was hard to pick up and continue. Three stars it is, just to continue the theme of "fence-sitting".
Date published: 2011-04-10

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008791

ISBN - 13: 9780771008795

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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 betwe
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From the Publisher

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
www.margaretatwood.ca

Editorial Reviews

“A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex...just as the world of Orwell’s 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood’s handmaid!” Washington Post Book World

"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