[Read by William B. Davis, Emma Campbell, and Donna Goodhand.] Set in the not-too-distant future, in a terrifying world where religion is used as a tool of repression and social control, The Handmaids Tale is the story of a young woman, Offred, recruited for reproductive purposes at a time of plummeting birth rates. The gripping narrative switches between her memories of the old world where she was a working mother and the terrifying realities of her life as a state-controlled breeding machinea Handmaid. A masterpiece of modern literature, Margaret Atwood has crafted a powerful, unforgettable novel. [Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction]
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"The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood's novels."- Maclean's
"The Handmaid's Tale is in the honorable tradition of Brave New World and other warnings of dystopia. It's imaginative even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace."-The Globe and Mail
"The Handmaid's Tale brings out the very best in Atwood--moral vision, biting humor, and a poet's imagination."-ChatelaineFrom the Back Cover:
Offered 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 where signs are now in 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, Offered and other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offered can remember the years 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....
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
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