Book :: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale
By: Margaret Atwood
Pages: 311
Published: 1985
Genre(s): Dystopia
Science Fiction
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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time...

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Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

The Handmaid's Tale touches upon a lot of topics with vigorous feminism but what broke my heart as if a knife tore through it was Atwood's decipherment of the current state of affairs where she does not point to a specific gender as the culprit but the idea that women are to be objectified if the world is to progress. In the novel, although majority women are oppressed, other women do enjoy a life of luxury with men, hinting that it is all in the thought. It's magically dull, pure dystopian, but still gives you a glimmer of hope thanks to its vociferously charming lead character Offred. One of my best reads of 2019. TN.

Oct 3rd, 2019

forline forline

what an introduction to Margaret Atwood!

Jan 4th, 2018

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Jun 23rd, 2015


Horrifyingly fascinating but got sick of the Feminist propoganda.

Jun 1st, 2015

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The Handmaid’s Tale appears on these lists...

48th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

53rd on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

58th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

17th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books

13th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store