The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,561 Ratings


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The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.


  • Slow pace and disappointing

    By 2017 woman
    I felt that it took too long for the book to cover the exposition of the story. I wish that Margaret had spent more time detailing the handmaid's relationships and how she was working through the issues of her position. Rarely did we see the handmaiden pursue ideas on her own accord. The ending leaves too much up to interpretation; it almost felt like a couple of chapters were missing.
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  • Happening now!

    By WashedJoeMomma
    If you don't make the correlation between the happenings in this book and what is occurring in ISIS-controlled territory right now, you're blind. Their theocracy had literally taken this book as their "playbook," using "commanders," old book punishments, controlling women, etc., all in the name of their religion. Take it as a cautionary tale or as just plain fiction, but it's worth the read.
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  • Stop comparing to current America

    By dawnreads
    While this book is fascinating and very well written, I'm sick and tired of everyone comparing to our current "American" political situation. Maybe some of you should travel to certain places in the Middle East where women are very much treated as property. Where they have no rights. As a young millennial woman I personally feel that we are treated with more respect than MANY places throughout the world. I've traveled to some of those places. I've seen how women are treated. Who's going to give THEM a voice and stop constantly complaining about how bad we have it here?
  • Meh...

    By Tchrlady77
    I was not impressed. Didn't make me want to watch the series AND it ended horribly.
  • excellent

    By Internet law
    frighteningly relevant.
  • Blew my mind

    By JessicaRabbit81
    Atwood takes me to places within myself that I never knew existed. I'm more familiar with her poetry, this is actually the first time I am reading one of her books and I have no idea why I wasn't reading this in high school. The book is like one a long poem, her style of writing is so eloquent. I think she rivals Virginia Woolf.