9780385490818

The Handmaid's Tale

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  • ISBN13:

    9780385490818

  • ISBN10:

    038549081X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/16/1998
  • Publisher: PENGUIN

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Summary

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...;. Unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once a scathing satire, a dire warning, and a literary tour de force.

Author Biography

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels <b>Alias Grace</b> and <b>The Robber Bride</b> and the collections <b>Wilderness Tips</b> and <b>Good Bones and Simple Murders</b>. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Night
1(5)
Shopping
5(30)
Night
35(6)
Waiting Room
41(26)
Nap
67(10)
Household
77(24)
Night
101(6)
Birth Day
107(34)
Night
141(8)
Soul Scrolls
149(40)
Night
189(8)
Jezebel's
197(60)
Night
257(8)
Salvaging
265(24)
Night
289(8)
Historical Notes 297(16)
A Reader's Companion to The Handmaid's Tale 313

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