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The Handmaid's Tale : Vintage Classics - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

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Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780099511663
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.


Good Book


Wasn't happy with the end of the novel. Felt like there wasn't a solid plan in mind for completion. Absolute page turner until that point.

QLD Australia


Thought provoking


Couldn't put this suspenseful book down. It's a thought provoking page-turner great fit young adult readers upwards.



Great read


An unusual story, enjoyed every minute of it.



I enjoyed reading this book very much


I enjoyed reading the book. It makes one think of what could easerly happen in the future. Parts have happened in the past when you think about it. Thought provoking

South West Western Australia


Enjoyed the story immensely, read the book in two sittings.


I think the story could be extended on, as I expected more, I was left up in the air wanting a resolution to events that occurred. However at the end of the story I realised why there were missing details.

Sydney Australia


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I read it!

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A Great Insight Into A Totalitarian World


Aside from the expertly crafted writing this story draws you in from the start through the character. The author gives incredible insight into a despicable regime through not just the larger freedoms being taken away but the small every day freedoms that are lost too.



The Handmaid's Tale


I loved this story and think if people don't read it, they should at least watch the series as it is a new take on the future

Coffs Harbour NSW


Still relevant today


The society Atwood describes requires no suspension of disbelief to believe that Offred's reality could easily come to pass in our world

Victoria, Australia


I recommend this book for everyone to give it ago


This book was very engaging. I could not stop turning the pages. You seem to get a surprise all the time an you wanted to know more Loved it



The Handmaid's Tale

4.4 20


"Compulsively readable" * Daily Telegraph *
"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 *

ISBN: 9780099511663
ISBN-10: 0099511665
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

Margaret Atwood

About the Author

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.

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