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The Handmaid's Tale
 

The Handmaid's Tale (Hardback)

By Atwood, Margaret

First published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. With more than two million copies in print, it is Margaret Atwood's most popular and compelling novel.Set in the near future, it describes life i...n what once was the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead. Reacting to social unrest, and a sharply declining birthrate, the new regime has reverted to -- even gone beyond -- the repressive tolerance of the original Puritans. Offred is a Handmaid who 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 she is only valued as long as her 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. Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
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ISBN 9780395404256
Released NZ 1 Nov 1988
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780395404256
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Imprint Houghton Mifflin
Released 1 Nov 1988
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Atwood, Margaret
Category Science Fiction
Number of Pages 311
Dimensions Height: 240mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 580g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fantasy fiction, Fantastic fiction, Women, Man-woman relationships, Dystopias
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade

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