The handmaid's tale

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First published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. With more than two million copies in print, it is Margaret Atwood's most popular and compelling novel.

Set in the near future, it describes life in what once was the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead. Reacting to social unrest, and a sharply declining birthrate, the new regime has reverted to -- even gone beyond -- the repressive tolerance of the original Puritans. Offred is a Handmaid who may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because she is only valued as long as her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

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Grouping Titlehandmaid s tale
Grouping Authoratwood margaret
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-12-07 11:38:39AM
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auth_author2Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Charzuk, Mike,
Danes, Claire, 1979-
Martin, Valerie.
Nault, Reně,
authorMargaret Atwood
author2-roleAtwood, Margaret,1939-Handmaid's tale.
Charzuk, Mike,producer.
Danes, Claire,1979-narrator.
Martin, Valerie.
Nault, Reně,artist,adapter.
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display_descriptionA gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwoods The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules.
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seriesHandmaid's tale
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title_displayThe handmaid's tale
title_fullThe Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale [Audio Book] Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale [Large Print] by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale [eBook] Atwood, Margaret.
The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood
The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood ; art & adaptation, Reně Nault
The handmaid's tale [LARGE PRINT] / Margaret Atwood
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Contemporary women
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Man-woman relationships
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