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    The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback, Margaret Atwood)

    The Handmaid's Tale  (Paperback, Margaret Atwood)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099740919, 0099740915
    • Edition: 1996
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    The Handmaid’s Tale is a science fiction novel, set in a dystopian future where the United States of America has fallen into a military dictatorship called the Republic of Gilead.

    Summary of the Book

    When a terrorist attack on the United States leaves its President and most of its Congress dead, a group of revolutionaries take matters into their own hands. They call themselves the Sons of Jacob, and they suspend the US Constitution in a mad attempt to seize control as they form the Republic of Gilead. With a chauvinistic drive, they take away all the women’s rights and begin to reorganize society. In this new regime, a class of women are separated and used as concubines. They are called handmaids, and their sole purpose is to procreate, a dark remedy the Sons of Jacob choose to fend off the threat of sterility. Offred is one such woman, her name itself a melancholy reminder that she is the handmaid of Fred the Commander. Despite regulations which dictate that Fred must only make love to Offred during the “Ceremony”, where his wife Serena is also present, he begins an illicit relationship with her. In a desperate attempt to get her pregnant, Serena uses her supposed knowledge of Offred’s surviving family – the daughter she lost while trying to escape Gilead – to force her to sleep with her driver Nick. Offred begins to have feelings for Nick, and this soon sets her on a path towards what could either be her freedom or her complete destruction.

    About Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poetess, literary critic and essayist. She is best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, The Penelopiad, The Year of the Flood and Cat's Eye.

    Atwood is a celebrated writer and is the recipient of several notable awards, including the 2000 Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction.

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    Specifications
    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 1996
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Margaret Atwood
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 0.79 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.8 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 0.86 inch
    • Weight
      • 232.0 Grams
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    5

    Dystopia at its best

    This is the best dystopian novel I have ever read. Period. The possibility of such a horrid future cannot be denied. That's where the book gets you. And it doesn't let go for days. You are trapped like a bewildered fly in its artistic, beautiful and yet horrifying web, and there is nothing you can do about it. My advice: read it in short sessions. The writing might dog you down if you try to read it in one sitting. But when taken in small doses, the writing is marvelous.
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    Diksha Kale

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    Stunning Imagination.

    Margaret Atwood has an aggressive imagination about dystopia that is created in this novel. When religious fundamentalism becomes the norm of life the world would be upside down. This upside down world is powerfully portrayed in this novel. Being a Canadian the religious fundamentalism in the novel is related to Christianity. She has a power generating prose. Do not miss the novel.
    A sample excerpt: "A man is just a woman's strategy to create other women."
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    Dhanaraj Rajan.

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    Fantastic and eerie.

    A brilliant journey into a dystopian society which completely involves the reader both emotionally and intellectually.
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    Zaran Desai

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    Loved it.

    So I got this book at a great price, Rs. 230. Got it delivered within two days. Loved reading the book.
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    this is good book
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    melvin kumar

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    Horrible

    Page damaged
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    kirubha haran

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    Well written but a dark read

    Too dark to be true. The author has sketched the details so well that they continue to haunt you months after you have read the book.
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