The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)Margaret Atwood (author)
Both an unforgettable portrait of defiance and authoritarian rule and a devastatingly powerful exploration of female oppression, The Handmaid's Tale is a classic dystopian vision with an all-too chilling resonance for our times.
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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
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
‘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
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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
“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
“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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