The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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Description

NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.

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

'I can’t think of another television event that has hit quite such a nerve, and gone on resounding and resonating, worrying and creeping into your soul and into your dreams quite like The Handmaid’s Tale has … It’s as relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it, in Berlin, in 1985. And while all this continues to be real, we need The Handmaid’s Tale – to keep reminding, and resonating, and ringing. Dong, dong, dong.’ Guardian

Reviews

  • Dystopian Fiction

    5
    By Madii J Hussain
    To those who have read the ending, a dystopian fiction leaves the book on a cliffhanger. Moreover, this is the best book I have ever studied in my life because it depicts the real life struggles of being a woman and makes me feel strongly through her emotions because it can be any woman.
  • Disappointing ending

    1
    By hgusjd
    The book isn't finished. Very very extremely disappointing and pointless. I have invested a lot of time into reading this book for it to simply finish halfway through the story. I even checked to see if there was a sequel, but no. Really very bad. All the things you want to know and have been building up to simply do not get answered. I wish I had never read the book, complete waste of time. Shockingly bad.
  • A Modern Classic

    5
    By FinZter
    A book that was way ahead of its time when it first appeared over 30 years ago. Still ahead of its time even now, even though the frightening dystopian future of the narrative seems almost possible in these days if Trump and the bigoted religious centre of American Politics. Very hard to put down and Ms Atwood's uncompromising style and candour is breathtaking.
  • The handmaids tale

    5
    By tutengil
    Really one of the best books I have read in a long long time. I was drawn into Offreds world and suffered her boredom, fear, elation, despair and wretchedness night after night reading this.... you won't put it down and you will have days of weariness following 1am marathon reading sessions. The ending itself is so unusual and quite inspirational leaving me reflecting on her demise or her escape and wondering about her onward journey if it was so? I loved this novel and highly recommend it, this vision of the future could easily happen for sure.....frightening thought
  • Surprisingly good!

    4
    By imwalkingtheplank
    Interesting political tale and a deep dive into a reality which doesn't seem too impossible even today.
  • Slow

    2
    By Lodgey
    I'm struggling to be honest. It's a bit slow. Tried reading it before but lost the will to live about half way through. Giving it another go. Update: yep. Still a bit like wading through treacle!
  • Dull

    1
    By Keithsing806
    Didn't grip me at all. Had to finish it because I can't leave a book half finished.
  • Evie Scarborough-Taylor

    4
    By Millsville46
    It’s a good book with an interesting twist on 1980s American if it were to be a totalitrian regime. It is a bit pushing at times, the ending is dispointing, for me it is very left wing and hard to get over the amount of socialist and feminist wulities pushed onto the reader.
  • Uninspiring

    3
    By Lindhal
    Having been drawn to Atwood by others reviews, stating Atwood was a "must read". I was disappointed to uncover it reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, regurgitated with a feminist theme.
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    5
    By Golden Wander
    Brilliant concept, superbly written. This book is thought provoking and an excellent read.

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