The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 347 Ratings

Description

DISCOVER the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL behind the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES
Second season now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss

The official TV tie-in edition of The Handmaid’s Tale, with a new introduction from Margaret Atwood

‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it…no television event has hit such a nerve …The Handmaid’s Tale is more relevant one year after the first season’ – Guardian

'Don’t expect to be gripped by a more potent or involving drama this year' – Telegraph

Reviews

  • The Handmaiden’s Tale

    5
    By Fenchface
    Excellent
  • Dystopian Fiction

    5
    By Madii J Hussain
    To those who have read the ending, a dystopian fiction leaves the book on a cliffhanger. Moreover, this is the best book I have ever studied in my life because it depicts the real life struggles of being a woman and makes me feel strongly through her emotions because it can be any woman.
  • Disappointing ending

    1
    By hgusjd
    The book isn't finished. Very very extremely disappointing and pointless. I have invested a lot of time into reading this book for it to simply finish halfway through the story. I even checked to see if there was a sequel, but no. Really very bad. All the things you want to know and have been building up to simply do not get answered. I wish I had never read the book, complete waste of time. Shockingly bad.
  • A Modern Classic

    5
    By FinZter
    A book that was way ahead of its time when it first appeared over 30 years ago. Still ahead of its time even now, even though the frightening dystopian future of the narrative seems almost possible in these days if Trump and the bigoted religious centre of American Politics. Very hard to put down and Ms Atwood's uncompromising style and candour is breathtaking.
  • The handmaids tale

    5
    By tutengil
    Really one of the best books I have read in a long long time. I was drawn into Offreds world and suffered her boredom, fear, elation, despair and wretchedness night after night reading this.... you won't put it down and you will have days of weariness following 1am marathon reading sessions. The ending itself is so unusual and quite inspirational leaving me reflecting on her demise or her escape and wondering about her onward journey if it was so? I loved this novel and highly recommend it, this vision of the future could easily happen for sure.....frightening thought
  • Surprisingly good!

    4
    By imwalkingtheplank
    Interesting political tale and a deep dive into a reality which doesn't seem too impossible even today.
  • Slow

    2
    By Lodgey
    I'm struggling to be honest. It's a bit slow. Tried reading it before but lost the will to live about half way through. Giving it another go. Update: yep. Still a bit like wading through treacle!
  • Dull

    1
    By Keithsing806
    Didn't grip me at all. Had to finish it because I can't leave a book half finished.
  • Evie Scarborough-Taylor

    4
    By Millsville46
    It’s a good book with an interesting twist on 1980s American if it were to be a totalitrian regime. It is a bit pushing at times, the ending is dispointing, for me it is very left wing and hard to get over the amount of socialist and feminist wulities pushed onto the reader.
  • Uninspiring

    3
    By Lindhal
    Having been drawn to Atwood by others reviews, stating Atwood was a "must read". I was disappointed to uncover it reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, regurgitated with a feminist theme.