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The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939- Book - 1986 Fiction / Atwood, Margaret, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / Classics / Atwood, Margaret Eleanor 3 On Shelf 4 requests on 26 copies Community Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Call Number: Fiction / Atwood, Margaret, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / Classics / Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
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"This visionary novel. in which God and Government are joined, and America is run as a Puritanical Theoracy, can be read as a companion volume to Orwell's 1984-its verso, in fact. It gives you the same degree of chill, even as it suggests the varieties of tyrannical experience; it evokes the same kind of horror even as its mordant wit makes you smile." E.L.Doctorow.

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Dystopian to the extreme submitted by yugure on February 27, 2013, 5:29pm A harrowing and claustrophobic but extremely well crafted novel. The injustices described in The Handmaid's Tale are sometimes painful to read, particularly in today's political climate when reproductive freedom is under attack and sexism is still alive and well.

Dystopian Dilemma submitted by mjanen on July 12, 2014, 7:14pm An tough climate with the world in peril is the setting. Surrogate sex is such an odd concept but seems like the norm in this odd world.

Dystopic Beauty submitted by steveiew on August 18, 2015, 10:12am This is a beautifully written book that is incredibly relevant for today.

Surprise: Book better than Film submitted by spinkelman on July 16, 2016, 8:04pm Well, after seeing a bad early 80s version of this in film before having read the book, I was surprised how readable and, well "enjoyable," this tale is. Atwood is sharper than a diamond edge and this is one of her best cuts: read it.

Wonderful dystopia submitted by kelleyc on July 18, 2016, 7:38pm A wonderfully written book.

Great submitted by lbootzin on June 16, 2017, 5:25pm Despite the uncomfortable world in which this book is set, it was a very easy read.

For Fans of Atwood submitted by unikitty92 on June 17, 2017, 7:51am This 1985 novel is a classic for fans of the dystopian genre. Although the commentary makes this story a bit eerie, this book reads relatively quickly and easily. I really enjoyed all the characters and how effortlessly Atwood moves the story backward and forward in time. If you enjoyed Oryx and Crake, I would definitely recommend The Handmaid's Tale (and vice versa!).

The Handmaid's Tale submitted by mrondo on June 17, 2017, 10:23pm This is a literary masterpiece that everyone should have to read.
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum!"

Frightening, a Must Read submitted by jachi on June 20, 2017, 11:33pm For a book written in the '80's, the story is still relevant to today's world.

Engaging submitted by aharv on August 3, 2017, 2:35pm An important and engaging work. I was interested from start to finish.

excellent submitted by 21621031390949 on August 25, 2017, 7:46pm Years and years ago, I tried to read this book, but stopped when I found it to be too unrealistic, too depressing. Reading it in 2017 however, it is all too close to potential reality. In our current climate of devaluing and subjugating women, it rings hollowly true.

So real submitted by sheryl205 on July 11, 2018, 8:31pm Reading this book currently feels scarier and more real than reading it years ago. I wish there was more background as to how Gilead came into being and who dreamed up all those details.

Pretty good submitted by zmclaugh on August 15, 2018, 8:33am This is a classic and so for that reason you should read it. Some really chilling moments, but also some moments where I couldn't really connect to the characters.

Relevant today submitted by KOH on August 27, 2018, 3:09pm This book feels timeless. It's a dark dystopia with a sharp witted narrator. I couldn't put it down.

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PUBLISHED
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
Year Published: 1986
Description: 311 p. ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

READING LEVEL
Lexile: 750

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
0395404258
9780395404256
9780385490818
038549081X

SUBJECTS
Misogyny -- Fiction.
Fantastic fiction.
Dystopias.