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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Hardcover

Published: 25th April 2017
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The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

ISBN: 9781328879943
ISBN-10: 1328879941
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25th April 2017
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.43