The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Artist Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 3,542 Ratings

Description

Now a Hulu Original Series

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.

Reviews

  • Feminist propaganda

    1
    By Amy Meditate
    It's amazing that I even need to point this out. And now it's being pushed to an extreme extent in the series. This is creating a war between men and women that is extremely dangerous. Third wave feminism is a cancer to society. Pleas do not support these dangerous ideas with a purchase.
  • Great story but confused

    4
    By khendricks001
    I enjoyed the story overall but I’m confused about the ending
  • Terribly Disappointing

    2
    By Alleyjeanrom
    After all the hype over the TV show, which I waited to watch until finishing the book, I was so expectant when I purchased this book. However, if turned out to be my most disappointing read of 2018. I muddled through, thinking the pace HAD to pick up and the storyline MUST move along eventually. Finally, it did start to get just a bit interesting... and then it ended. Just like that. No resolution or feeling of, “Wow. That was with my time to read.” It was just over, mid-climax build. I rarely advocate watching the show/film when the book is available, but this time I advise you to save your time. Those are monotonous hours I can’t get back. Most of the book’s action can be watched on Episode 1 of Season 1 of the series.
  • Well written

    5
    By Bookreader225
    Read it after watching the Hulu series. Enjoyed it.
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale

    1
    By World History People?
    Terrible book! I remember Slavery...
  • Loved it

    5
    By AJBaggs
    Have never gotten so absolutely captivated by a novel before! I did not choose to make any connections to feminism or our current political environment, which I believe is one of the reasons I was able to love the book for what it is. Couldn't recommend it more!
  • Handmaids Tale

    5
    By feralgander
    Brilliant!
  • Dissapointed?

    3
    By dayma_927702
    I wanted to love it, but I’m somewhere in between linking it and hating it. Not what I expected
  • Movie is better

    3
    By fromrussiamyself
    I found this book lacking description. It’s very very depressing. I found movie is much better
  • Lives up to the hype

    5
    By cam1854
    I haven’t seen the show, but I decided to read the book based on the show’s popularity. It truly lived up to my expectations. Dark, and impossible to put down. I read it in a day and a half because I was pulling it out at every spare moment.

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