The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

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 Ha 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 t...

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Title:The Handmaid's Tale
Author:Margaret Atwood
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Handmaid's Tale
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:344 pages pages

The Handmaid's Tale Reviews

  • Nathan
    Jul 09, 2007
    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...
  • Victoria
    Jun 07, 2007
    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 29, 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...
  • Fabian
    Feb 16, 2009
    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years" several years ago. The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying...
  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
    Apr 15, 2008
    5/22/19 Looking back on my original review, it reads as quaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being passed, my state of Ohio being one of them. Make no mistake, this not about ?life? it?s about controlling women. If you can?t decide what happens to your own bo...
  • Tatiana
    Nov 27, 2009
    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 ...
  • Pollopicu
    Nov 25, 2009
    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 aga...
  • Kate
    Apr 13, 2011
    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 socie...
  • Emily May
    Dec 05, 2010
    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... b...
  • Lyn
    Mar 05, 2012
    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Dec 08, 2015
    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...
  • Luffy
    Sep 21, 2017
    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...
  • Matthias
    Oct 13, 2016
    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...
  • jessica
    Jan 27, 2014
    i am a massive scaredy cat. and as i rule, i avoid all things horrifying, frightening, spooky, and anything else that will give me nightmares. so this book came as an absolute shock. i am terrified. right down to my bones. how can i be so fascinated by this kind of society, but also...
  • Megan Johnson
    Jun 16, 2017
    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...
  • Samadrita
    Oct 06, 2012
    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 diatr...
  • Matthew
    Nov 09, 2016
    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...
  • Candace
    Apr 17, 2017
    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...
  • Navessa
    Feb 27, 2015
    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...
  • Adina
    Apr 20, 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 t...
  • Joe Valdez
    Jan 22, 2017
    My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--continues with The Handmaid's Tale...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Jan 19, 2016
    I?ve been moved by books in the past, many times, but I?ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree. This is frightening and powerful. And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so: ?Yes, Ma?am, I said again...
  • Lisa
    Jun 24, 2014
    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women ...
  • Kai
    May 10, 2017
    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    Jun 26, 2016
    "Nolite te bastardes carborundum." (Don't let the bastards grind you down.) Me, after reading this book: "Meh!" Because so many of my esteemed Goodreads friends have sung in praise of this novel, I felt that I was destined to join their burgeoning ranks. Instead, I was left...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Mar 17, 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 ca...
  • Luca Ambrosino
    Jan 11, 2017
    English (The Handmaid's Tale) / Italiano «We slept in what had once been the gymnasium»Dystopian sci-fi, set in a future in which the US Government was overthrown in favour of the Republic of Galaad, an oligarchic regime laying down drastic measures to counteract the zero-growth o...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    Oct 05, 2017
    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...
  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 28, 2017
    We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories. Set in the not-so-distant future, Offred is designated as a Handmaid. Meaning her fertile womb "allows" her to st...
  • Maria
    Mar 10, 2019
    4.8/5 Stars ????? ?Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.? What can I even say about this masterpiece of a book? What can I even say that hasn't already been said? I'm awed to my core, this book is a prediction, a revelation, a hym...