The handmaid's tale

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Publisher:
Anchor Books,
Pub. Date:
1998, c1986.
Language:
English
Lexile measure:
750L
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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 in 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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9781432838478
9781328879943
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9780547345666
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Full title handmaid s tale
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auth_author2 Charzuk, Mike,, Danes, Claire, 1979-, Harris, Betty., Martin, Valerie, 1948-, O'Brien, Michael, 1965-
author Atwood, Margaret, 1939-,
author2-role Charzuk, Mike,producer., Danes, Claire,1979-narrator., Harris, Betty., Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library (Broomfield, Colo.).Reference and Adult Services Department., Martin, Valerie,1948-, O'Brien, Michael,1965-
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display_description Set in the near future, The handmaid's tale 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.
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title_display The handmaid's tale
title_full The Handmaid's Tale, The Handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood, The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood, The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood, with an introduction by Valerie Martin, The handmaid's tale [compact disc] / Margaret Atwood, The handmaid's tale [compact disc] / Margaret Atwood ; dramatized by Michael O'Brien, The handmaid's tale [kit] / Margaret Atwood, The handmaid's tale [kit] / [compiled by the Reference and Adult Services Department, Broomfield Library.], The handmaid's tale [large print] / Margaret Atwood, The handmaid's tale [text (large print)] / Margaret Atwood
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