The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
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The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood
Release date: 1985
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictiondystopia
Tags: arthur c. clarke award

Arthur C. Clarke Award 1987. The Booker Prize nominee 1986, Nebula Award nominee 1986, Prometheus Award nominee 1987.

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

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 only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days 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...

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

updated 2018-11-29

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