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The Handmaid's Tale

33 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Margaret Atwood

In a startling departure from her previous novels ( Lady Oracle , Surfacing ), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type … see full wiki

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Everyman's Library
6 reviews about The Handmaid's Tale
review by . July 17, 2010
This a wonderful read for anyone. I've read it a number of times and everyone I've recommended it to has given me great feedback. I love Atwood's chilling futuristic tales. The Handmaid's Tale has just enough of a realistic aspect that at times you believe this is where our future could be headed. Her characters often live a rich life within themselves that cannot be outwardly expressed in the environment in which they find themselves forced to live. There …
Quick Tip by . January 12, 2011
One of the reasons I like dystopian novels. She definitely makes you think about things well telling a well-drawn tale.
review by . April 25, 2010
"The Handmaid's Tale" is a very interesting and well written dystopian novel. In the near future after some cataclysmic war, a major part of United States is controlled by some fundamentalist Christian regime. The book deals with many frightening and disturbing aspects of that regime, but the most extensively with the policies that are designed to control and exploit women. Due to some unspecified environmental factor, most women are infertile and the few that are still capable of childbearing are …
review by . August 22, 2010
This is another of those books that I read because a friend told me to. I didn't really look at the description, just opened it and started reading. Needless to say, I spent the first quarter of it a little confused. The writing is absolutely amazing, but the plot is a little all over the place. It doesn't seem to flow. We find out at the end why. Part of me wants to re-read it because knowing what I know about it may change my perception.    Having said that, it was slightly …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Complex, painful -- took me three tries to get through to the end. I cringe at the thought of how much of this fictional future is already here, and how much more could take place. A dystopian view of Neo-Con evangelism taken to an extreme and transparently hypocritical conclusion. Truly scary.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Good. I've been meaning to read it again soon.
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