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Discover the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series before you read the 2019 Booker Prize-winning sequel The Testaments
‘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 as 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 …’ Guardian
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian masterpiece is having something of a moment, and we can't think of a more worthy novel. Elegantly told and utterly unforgettable, The Handmaid's Tale is a chilling depiction of the United States as a theocracy where women are cast as subservient wives, household slaves or gestation vessels for white babies. It's a decidedly apt cautionary tale for this (and any) time.
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Poignant and quietly terrifying
I love this book, the depth, the detail, everything is described so beautifully which can be horrifying at times. The author fits so much in to this story and yet somehow makes it feel like it”s moving at a slow pace, the way time is for Offred. Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest writers of our time. I’ve since read all of her novels but this one remains a favourite.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Captivating, mind opening, intriguing. An awesome read right up to the end. Food for thought along the whole journey. Highly recommend!
The Handmaids Tale
Stunning. Compelling. A story that never stops giving and when I thought it finally did so, it elevated me to places I could never have imagined.
Brilliant work and loving the series.