The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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The 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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  • So, so good.

    By MissChargers619
    What took me so long? This is one of those books where you’re super bummed when you finish it. I had anxiety all the way through, like when I read 1984 for the first time. Beautiful writing, interesting events, great detail. It could’ve been 200 pages longer.
  • What ending?

    By Allie2183
    This is unfortunately a similar reality for many women in some countries. Meaning zero freedoms and no rights. Scary to think it could happen here. Does make you think, but i was hoping for a good story with an actual ending.
  • Unfortunate

    By picjacks
    Although the story was interesting there were too many unknowns and unanswered questions. I am just as confused at the end as I was at the beginning. I want to believe she made it and had her child to start anew.
  • Cowabunga!

    By Rio Linda Mex
    Theocracy in the flesh, scary.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    By Mr. Randomname
    Beautiful writing, haunting tale. This is one of those books that will stay with me. I will read it more than once, it resonates. Cautionary and so timelessly relevant. Character development crept up on you. Such a guarded (literally) group and yet these were “real” people. I was invested. So much covered in this little book, family, life, love, religion, politics, women’s rights, human rights and some of the best and mostly worst of our human nature. This is my new “Farenheit 451”. I recommend it for everyone. Thank you for writing & sharing 🙏🏼
  • Masterful

    By SDWill
    Incredibly well written but disturbingly prophetic. Masterful!
  • Disturbing

    By Radvino
    Disturbing content that seemed too close to reality in our current political climate. Felt incomplete.
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  • Feminist Ironically writes about the Gynarchy

    By Humanism is the Future
    I put this book on the same level as Atlas Shrugged. Utter and complete nonsense. It’s not about a patriarchy, it’s a gynarchy. Women are the ones that really control the situation. There’s the facade of male control. However, ask yourself, why would the wife need to be present? Why would they set up a brothel and keep it secret? This is why Feminists and like Libertarians always miss the mark.