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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.



Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified.



'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 07/10/2010 ISBN-13: 9780099511663  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film). Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Finally, The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000.

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I am a machine who must perform a single function: create great literature. While I have no issue with this, I can sense how being defined by a single duty would horrify most people. Every human cherishes the idea that they are unique and free, and so the possibility that you might be forced to sacrifice your individual freedoms for the greater good is distasteful. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale describes a world in which women are kept as concubines, and are only valued for their fertility. This book is not only a landmark of modern fiction, it was the inspiration for my own novel, Beast in Show, about a championship event for pedigree humans.

AKH48 . - 29/07/2013

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Atwood's dystopia is the perfect counterpart to Orwell's, and more human than either his or Huxley's. Sadly, the world of this novel is not so different from some parts of ours when it comes to the treatment of women. This is an important novel on the negative excesses of patriarchy.

George

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 16/03/2016

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