The Handmaid's Tale

Kobo ebook | December 10, 2010

byMargaret Atwood

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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.

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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 friends...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 10, 2010Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551994968

ISBN - 13:9781551994963

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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 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