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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.
Some books are classics for a reason and this is one of them. It can be a hard read - not because it's particularly graphic - but because its themes are shockingly current and thought provoking. The first person narrative is gripping and this dystopian novel is extremely engaging and has some wonderfully written lines, that pack a great punch and manage to say a lot in just a few words. An excellent book all together.
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.
In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.
As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.
THE CLASSIC NOVEL FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING TONI MORRISONIt is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky.
The bestselling novel by Irvine Welsh that provided the inspiration for Danny Boyle's hit filmChoose us. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEPhilip Roth's masterpiece provides a piercing look into the promises of prosperity, civic order and domesticity in twentieth century America `Swede' Levov is living the American dream.
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 Sheila's twenties were going to plan. So Sheila abandons her marriage and her play, befriends Margaux, a free and untortured painter, and begins sleeping with the dominating Israel, who's a genius at sex but not at art.
Pulitzer award-winning author Philip Roth's iconic and sensational novel about sex, psychoanalysis and growing upPortnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933-)]:A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature.
Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.
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.
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.
**Over 1 million copies sold** **The Sunday Times #1 bestseller** FIRE gave us power FARMING made us hungry for more MONEY gave us purpose SCIENCE made us deadly This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
A stunning bespoke gift package featuring an iconic design from the prize-winning artist, Noma Bar, eye-catching sprayed edges and ribbon. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
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;
OVER TEN MILLION COPIES SOLDThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
A Sunday Times bestsellerLonglisted for the Guardian first book awardA Radio 4 Book of the WeekThis book is about learning to live. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR****WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION****WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ETRANGER**As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books.
A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility.
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