The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Literary
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DISCOVER the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL behind the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES
Second season now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss

The official TV tie-in edition of The Handmaid’s Tale, with a new introduction from Margaret Atwood

‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it…no television event has hit such a nerve …The Handmaid’s Tale is more relevant one year after the first season’ – Guardian

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

Reviews

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  • Wasn’t a big fan

    2
    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

    5
    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

    2
    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

    5
    By MareeIrene
    Riveting , thought provoking book , reminded me of the Diary of Ann Frank in some ways , highly recommend this book .
  • Under his Eye

    5
    By AlexandraBrownlow
    A remarkable story beautifully screened.
  • All time favourite

    5
    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

    5
    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?

    5
    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

    5
    By LizzieM
    Could not put it down, started yesterday, finished today. Disturbing and an excellent read.

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