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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 19/09/1996
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An unforgettable portrait of defiance and authoritarian rule, The Handmaid's Tale a classic dystopian vision of a terrifyingly believable future. A powerful, devastatingly wry exploration of female oppression, it has resounding resonance for our times.


Utterly compelling and terrifyingly real, The Handmaid's Tale is a classic work of feminist fiction and a vivid dystopia that speaks afresh to every new generation of readers.

A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the  white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath, and in the centre of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier, once. They’ve removed anything you could tie a rope to.

Offred lives in The Republic of Gilead. To some, it is a utopian vision of the future, a place of safety, a place where everyone has a purpose, a function. But 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.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, The Handmaid's Tale is a bold evocation of twenty-first century America that gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099740919
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘This novel seems ever more vital in the present day, where women in many parts of the world live similar lives, dictated by biological determinism and misogyny.’ – The Guardian

‘It's hard to believe it is 25 years since it was first published, but its freshness, its anger and its disciplined, taut prose have only grown more admirable in the intervening years.’ - The Independent

'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

'One of Atwood's finest pieces of work serves as a great reminder of what humanity is capable of.' - Hannah Dunn, Red 

'Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic' - Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Listener

'The Handmaid's Tale' Book Group

'The Handmaid's Tale' Book Group

Newton Mearns
Thursday 18th July 18:30 - 19:30

Join us on Thursday the 18th of July from 6.30-7.30pm as we discuss Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' ahead of the publication of 'The Testaments'. Margaret Atwood has finally delivered us an unexpected, yet now highly anticipated, sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. We have been privvy to very little other than it is going to be vastly different from the second season of the hit TV show. A re-read of 'The Handmaid's Tale' had to be on the cards for those of us that read the book when it first came out some time ago - or those of us that have read it since but simply forgotten some of the finer details.

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Swindon
Thursday 25th July 18:00 - 19:00

Join us in store for a lively discussion of Margaret Atwood's critically acclaimed 'The Handmaid's Tale' - a chillingly plausible dystopia exploring female oppression, this book is still very relevant today and we'd love to hear what you think! Free - all welcome!

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The Handmaid's Tale - A pre-publication book group

The Handmaid's Tale - A pre-publication book group

Manchester - Arndale Centre
Thursday 1st August 16:30 - 20:00

To celebrate the release of Atwood's monumental sequel, we'll be holding a special one-off book group. Reading The Handmaid's Tale, we'll discuss and dissect the hugely successful novel ahead of the publication of Testaments.

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“The Handmaid's Tale”

It has taken me a long time to get round to reading this but I am so very glad I did.
I was completely engrossed very early on. I loved Atwood’s writing style as well as the fragmented nature of the story itself,... More

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“Quite Simply, A Really Great Read”

It's actually quite difficult for me to write a review about this book, because I can't actually pinpoint exactly what I loved about it, I just know I did. Atwood proves yet again that her ability to simply... More

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“The Handmaid's Tale”

Some of the finest prose ever written, with lines of thought you wish you could think, a very rare book where the narrator actually challanges you to keep up, not only with her social situation but her view upon it,... More

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