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The Handmaid's Tale

Written by Margaret Atwood

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

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The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

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The Handmaid's Tale Synopsis

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

The Handmaid's Tale Press Reviews

The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story -- Angela Carter Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit -- Peter Kemp
Independent

The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling -- Linda Taylor
Sunday Times

Powerful...admirable -- Robert Irwin Time Out Fiercely political and bleak, yet witting and wise...this novel seems ever more vital in the present day Observer


Book Information

ISBN: 9780099740919
Publication date: 3rd January 1998
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 30 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won theGiller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. Her other books for children include Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda and Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Photo © George Whiteside

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