The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale Read Online Free - Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Title : The Handmaid's Tale
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ISBN : 038549081X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 311 pages


Kate rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 15, 2016

It's been almost five years since I wrote my review. I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity. The main idea remains the same. Extremist Judeo-Christian beliefs have won America's culture war. Now women have no rights. They are slaves to men and the biblical, patriarchal society in which the...

Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. Original review written i...

Pollopicu rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 04, 2015

I guess Atwood doesn't believe in quotation marks.. I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character. It took me quite a while to get used to that type of style of writing. I had to go back and re-read sentences again and agai...

Emily May rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2015

There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way. In a way that I always try to put into words and always, ultimately, fail. I have read a lot of books over the years and I've liked many, disliked plenty too, loved and hated a smaller amount... but out of the...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2007

(edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared “Morning in America,” and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the time, was rising in...

Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they’ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they’ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I’ve been moved by books in the past, ma...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

September 11, 2017

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning. The dystopian future she describes in "Gilead" which appears to be centered in Boston (due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem) is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories: M...

Samadrita rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2015

Consider this not a ground-breaking work of literature. Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant-garde mode of narration. Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins. Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe either. In...

Tatiana rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel. It doesn't feel dated or far-fetched at all, thanks to President Trump. Claire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrative. Original review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under the guise of protecti...

Adina rated it ★★★★★

April 21, 2017

I. Night I am lying awake in my bed. I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come. Fruitlessly! Outside, the rain is whipping the windows without mercy. My husband is sleeping next to me, oblivious to my struggle. I need my thoughts to go away. I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid's T...

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