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The handmaid's tale (New [edition])

By: Atwood, Margaret

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Part of the Vintage classics series
1784873187 / 9781784873189
Paperback
25/05/2017
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United Kingdom
Classics
20 cm xv, 324 pages
General (US: Trade)  Learn More
Quiz No: 200360, Points 14.00, Book Level 5.40,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More
TV tie-in Previous edition: Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985.

** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series. 'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it' GuardianI believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light. Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States.

She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'.

She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged.

Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire.

As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs. Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction. 'A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist', Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other.

BIC:

FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), JFFK Feminism & feminist theory

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