The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Masterful

    By SDWill
    Incredibly well written but disturbingly prophetic. Masterful!
  • Disturbing

    By Radvino
    Disturbing content that seemed too close to reality in our current political climate. Felt incomplete.
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  • Feminist Ironically writes about the Gynarchy

    By Humanism is the Future
    I put this book on the same level as Atlas Shrugged. Utter and complete nonsense. It’s not about a patriarchy, it’s a gynarchy. Women are the ones that really control the situation. There’s the facade of male control. However, ask yourself, why would the wife need to be present? Why would they set up a brothel and keep it secret? This is why Feminists and like Libertarians always miss the mark.
  • Pam T.

    By Miss Pam Tee
    Suspenseful and exciting story. It left you wanting more.
  • Goes Nowhere

    By Abacus Rocks
    It was as if the author got tired of writing and just ended it. No resolution. Very disappointing. Story was fine but the way it ended was lazy and without imagination.
  • Alarming, imaginative and timely.

    By bonamis
    The Handmaiden’s Tale is as engrossing as it is frightening. I can’t, however, say it did any good for my overall mental health. But it is a worthwhile read if you can manage your anxiety in the last gasp of the Christian Right known as the Trump era.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    By Purebull
    Chilling look at the future through the future-past-now. Help us all. Is this even possible? Stark. Hope this Wall never gets built. Prescient fake news!
  • Crap

    By {Dunkirk}
    Do not read. Disgusting and vile!
  • Recommend, recommend, recommend!!!

    By MommaMira
    This novel has it all: Love, hate, lust, greed, and chaos. Margaret gives us a vision of a world that could very much be our future. It’s all too realistic concepts touch base close to home. You won’t be disappointed in this read. It’s absolutely one of my favorites!!!!