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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has 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... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780099511663
Barcode 9780099511663
Published 1 December 2010 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Atwood, Margaret
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ISBN-13 9780099511663
ISBN-10 0099511665
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage Classics
Publication Date 1 December 2010
International Publication Date 7 October 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Atwood, Margaret
Series The Handmaid's Tale
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 234g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Canadian fiction, 20th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 741.5
Catalogue Code 158824

Description of this Book

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit -- Peter Kemp Independent The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story -- Angela Carter Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic -- Conor Cruise O'Brien The Listener 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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film). Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Finally, The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000.

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