Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Book Condition: New
2009. Special edition. Hardcover. Seven special editions of Margaret Atwood's finest novels, published to celebrate her 70th birthday Num Pages: 336 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 164 x 239 x 29. Weight in Grams: 790. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781408802953
Synopsis: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred 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 whose signs are now 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, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days 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 . Unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once a scathing satire, a dire warning, and a literary tour de force.
Review: 'The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story' Angela Carter 'Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, glam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit' Peter Kemp, Independent 'The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling' Sunday Times 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph
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