The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date : 2012-05-15
  • Genre : Literary
  • FIle Size : 2.61 MB
Score: 4.5
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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, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.

‘Don’t expect to be gripped by a more potent or involving drama this year.’ Telegraph

'I can’t think of another television event that has hit quite such a nerve, and gone on resounding and resonating, worrying and creeping into your soul and into your dreams quite like The Handmaid’s Tale has … It’s as relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it, in Berlin, in 1985. And while all this continues to be real, we need The Handmaid’s Tale – to keep reminding, and resonating, and ringing. Dong, dong, dong.’ Guardian


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  • Wasn’t a big fan

    By k8k8tk8
    I found the concept of the story really interesting, however it was constantly being thwarted with flashbacks at every turn. This made it a chore to read. As soon as the story started getting good...another flashback took it off track. Lots of flowery language drew out simple concepts, sometimes for pages at a time, and I found myself skipping over a lot of it just to try to get back to the story at hand. It was somewhat disappointing. I hope the tv series is more engaging.
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    By sazzaporter
    Totalitarian regimes, autocracy, patriarchy, civil rights abuses, power, lust, religion, rape, reproduction, honour, idealism...a dystopian future with historical precedents & current world crises...& all wrapped up in an enigmatic love story! So freaking good! I can't believe I hadn't discovered this 1985 story before! Now I've read the book (in a day) & watched the tv series. But I have questions: does she escape? What happens to Nick? What about Luke? Her daughter? Evil Serena? I need to know more! But there isn't a second book!! Can't wait until the next series comes on!!!!
  • Liked the idea but not how it was written

    By Nic_Ha
    I really liked the concept of this book, however I could not connect with the author's style of writing. The ending also irritated me.
  • The Handmaids Tale

    By MareeIrene
    Riveting , thought provoking book , reminded me of the Diary of Ann Frank in some ways , highly recommend this book .
  • Under his Eye

    By AlexandraBrownlow
    A remarkable story beautifully screened.
  • All time favourite

    By CharlieCaruso
    I fell in love with this book in English lit class at school and chose to re read it upon the new TV release. Such a terrific book still my all time favourite
  • Brilliant, terrifying and captivating

    By Sarscox
    This is one of the best books I've read, ever! The writing is so captivating and engaging. The story is terrifying, because you slowly realise that this could actually happen today, which was the author's intention I believe.
  • Is it cliche to say gripping?

    By !&---
    Boy, I just finished this book and it was written in a way that made you want more. An amazing concept, disturbing concept. Well worth reading.
  • read this

    By LizzieM
    Could not put it down, started yesterday, finished today. Disturbing and an excellent read.