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The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

Classic Science Fiction Novels, March 2012

Margaret Atwood has given us one of the most striking dystopian novels, set in a world where the US government has been usurped by a totalitarian theocracy. Following a coup disguised as an Islamic terrorist attack (keep in mind, this was published in 1985), women have now had their rights revoked, nearly all of them are forbidden to read, and with birthrates declining they are kept as concubines. Offred recounts this tale, with flashbacks to her life before and during the coup, and her attempts to escape the new Republic and find her husband and daughter. Atwood's work is gritty and believable, and her vision of the world as it moves to collapse, including her ideas for how life played out for women prior to the coup, is surprisingly realistic.

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

  • Publication Date: March 16, 1998
  • Genres: Science Fiction
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN-10: 038549081X
  • ISBN-13: 9780385490818