The Handmaid's Tale (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Handmaid's Tale (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Margaret Atwood

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Overview

It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In this Orwellian dramatization, religion becomes a tool of repression and social control to force women into the roles of stay-at-home wives, domestic staff, prostitutes, or surrogate mothers. They have no rights to their bodies or property and are completely dependent upon men. Those women who have had at least one child find themselves forced into the role of breeding machine, producing children for childless couples. References to 20th-century issues abound, including Agent Orange, abortion, women's rights, and escape attempts to Canada. At least 14 different readers make it easy for the listener to distinguish among the various characters. Despite sound effects and some indistinguishable white noise, there are a few spots with dead air. This program will be of interest to Atwood fans and those interested in futuristic tales. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

. . .a taut thriller, a psychological study, a play on words. It has a sense of humor about itself, as well as an ambivalence toward even its worst villains.
The New York Times

From the Publisher

"Brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex." —The Washington Post 

"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions. . . . An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking." —Houston Chronicle

"Splendid." —Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984899668
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Handmaid's Tale Series
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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