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The Handmaid's Tale : Contemporary Classics - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Contemporary Classics

Paperback

Published: October 1996
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'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred 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. . . . .

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A dark level of believability

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  • Easy To Read
  • Thought Provoking

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    Comments about The Handmaid's Tale:

    Futuristic but not far fetched. Raises many questions about our current apathetic society and the possible dark and scary consequences.

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    • Controversial

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    Comments about The Handmaid's Tale:

    It's nothing like I have ever read before, really intriguing story and interesting characters that grow on you. I love stories about the struggles that people face living in a corrupt society, how they survive. This story in particular really let readers into the mind of the protagonist. We know what she thinks and how she feels towards those higher up the food chain. I loved the book so much I even told my boyfriend all about it and we are going to watch the movie adaption.

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    "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

    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: 9780099740919
    ISBN-10: 0099740915
    Series: Contemporary Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: October 1996
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.5  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.22
    Edition Number: 1