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The Handmaid's Tale : Vintage Classics - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

About The Author

Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and The Handmaid's Tale, which won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and made into a major film. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson and their daughter.

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  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Suspenseful (3)

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5.0

great read

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      worth reading for everyone

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      4.0

      Brilliant read

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      Not my usual style of book but I really enjoyed it.

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      3.0

      Depressing lives but a unique tale

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          Another slow starting book as I wondered where it was heading. Definitely not an uplifting tale but one that makes you think about the future and where the world could possibly head. How depressing! Well written though and a unique read with glimpses into the past and how the new world had come about.

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          4.0

          intriguing

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          from Armidale, nsw

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            A well written account of a life where freedoms have been removed but are still remembered. An intriguing ending that connects the story powerfully to the world we live in.

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            5.0

            Engaging Dystopian fiction

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              Comments about The Handmaid's Tale:

              Engaging, well-written modern classic about feminism in a dystopian future. Atwood's Speculative Fiction style provokes much thought about the future of Western society. Her writing style is faultless and this is a nice, neat edition of a brilliant piece of work.

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              4.0

              A great taste of Atwood

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                  I've just been recommended Atwood and The Handmaid's Tale has whet my appetite for more!

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                  4.0

                  Unexpected and thought provoking

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                  Comments about The Handmaid's Tale:

                  This book presents an interesting scenario of a dramatic shift in the way that society functions. Women in this society find themselves to be valued as little more than breeders, losing their rights to both freedom and education.

                  I found it a little difficult to relate to the main character. I found myself feeling quite frustrated on her behalf and wished she would be a little less accepting of her situation and position as a 'breeder'.

                  Having said this, the story was compelling and by the end I found myself questioning my reaction to Offred and the situation in which she found herself. I can see myself picking this up again in a few years to see if my opinion has changed.

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                  4.0

                  A Stunning Story

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                    Comments about The Handmaid's Tale:

                    This is a well written story that is engaging from the first page.

                    The non-linear narrative and only giving the reader small hints at what has happened to get us to the present day makes this book frustratingly page turning.

                    The story touches on our eternal longing for 'the good old days when...', our love of vice and the hypocrisy that we indulge in.

                    The women's roles in Gilead certainly are topical in Australia's current political and social climate too.

                    I loved everything about this book.

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                    4.0

                    A great read

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                      A beautifully written book. I reccommended it to anyone that enjoys a great read.

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                      "Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit" -- Peter Kemp Independent "The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story" -- Angela Carter "Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic" -- Conor Cruise O'Brien The Listener "The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling" -- Linda Taylor Sunday Times "Powerful...admirable" -- Robert Irwin Time Out

                      Margaret Atwood

                      Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

                      Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ­ in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

                      Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

                      Associations: Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers' Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.

                      Visit Margaret Atwood's Booktopia Author Page


                      ISBN: 9780099511663
                      ISBN-10: 0099511665
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 336
                      Published: 1st December 2010
                      Country of Publication: GB
                      Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.5  x 2.7
                      Weight (kg): 0.24
                      Edition Number: 1