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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
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Now a Hulu Original Series, premiering in AprilThe Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy... show more
Now a Hulu Original Series, premiering in AprilThe Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781328879943 (1328879941)
ASIN: 1328879941
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Gilead (#1)
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Lora Hates Spam
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3.0 The Handmaids Tale
by Margaret Atwood My first impression of this book was that it reminded me of Anne Frank's diary, writing in journal form about an oppressive situation in which the person writing must survive. Considering it was first released in 1985, the present tense writing that continued caught me off guard...
Char's Horror Corner
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4.0 THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwater, narrated by Claire Danes
Finally, I've read this! I had high expectations for this book, and it didn't quite live up to them, but it came pretty close. At times, I was outraged and at other times, I was just sad. Mostly because I see the seeds of some of this book's attitudes in our day to day lives now. I will admit ...
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Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it
3.0 The Handmaids Tale
by Margaret Atwood My first impression of this book was that it reminded me of Anne Frank's diary, writing in journal form about an oppressive situation in which the person writing must survive. Considering it was first released in 1985, the present tense writing that continued caught me off guard...
Hol
Hol rated it
5.0 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I didn't have an opportunity to write a review for this when I finished it several weeks ago, so I'm going to write a *very* brief review. I read this for Dystopian Hellscape. It was the first dystopian I'd read for ages and I loved it. Yes, it had a cloying, claustrophobic atmosphere, but that's ex...
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0.0 Halloween Bingo 2019: The Fourth Week
Reading blackout before the end of the first bingo month and two more completed bingos in week 4 for a total of three bingos so far -- if anybody had told me this going in, I'd have questioned their sanity. Not least because I had a major project to complete this month, which I knew was going to in...
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