Discover the book that inspired the smash-hit Channel 4 series!
Offred's only function as a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead is to breed. Unable to choose or decide anything for herself, any form of rebellion or dissent will be punished by death. But even the repressive state of Gilead cannot totally obliterate desire - not Offred's, and not that of the two men on which her future hangs.
The Handmaid's Tale Paperback edition by Margaret Atwood
This, I am ashamed to admit, was my first Margaret Atwood, and I only read it because Jenny Rowbory recommended it, and she is ALWAYS right. And boy, was she right with this. A dystopian novel about a world in which women are subjugated, it was a fascinating, breathless read. It is both literary and very readable, which is a sign of truly good literature. Highly recommended.
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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NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES - Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. 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.
NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIESThe 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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DISCOVER the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL behind the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES Second season now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth MossThe official TV tie-in edition of The Handmaid's Tale, with a new introduction from Margaret Atwood`I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow;
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