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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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      4.0

      A great taste of Atwood

      By Tree book lover

      from QLD

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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

          By Jewel84

          from Melbourne, AU

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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

          By SexyPhil

          from Melbourne AU

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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

            By KB

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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

              ISBN: 9780099511663
              ISBN-10: 0099511665
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 336
              Published: 1st December 2010
              Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.9
              Weight (kg): 0.25