The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

[PDF] The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 795 Ratings

The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood Description

[PDF] The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood. ** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **

Discover the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series before you read the 2019 Booker Prize-winning sequel The Testaments

‘I 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.

'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it…no television event has hit such a nerve …’ Guardian



  • Poignant and quietly terrifying

    By Kazzican
    I love this book, the depth, the detail, everything is described so beautifully which can be horrifying at times. The author fits so much in to this story and yet somehow makes it feel like it”s moving at a slow pace, the way time is for Offred. Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest writers of our time. I’ve since read all of her novels but this one remains a favourite.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    By Bellabeautiful101
    Captivating, mind opening, intriguing. An awesome read right up to the end. Food for thought along the whole journey. Highly recommend!
  • The Handmaids Tale

    By PeteSol
    Stunning. Compelling. A story that never stops giving and when I thought it finally did so, it elevated me to places I could never have imagined. Brilliant work and loving the series.
  • The handmaid,s Tale

    By forgetmeNOT 1
    Ridiculous! Didn’t for a moment think it was real. Could not read the entire book
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  • Wasn’t a big fan

    By k8k8tk8
    I found the concept of the story really interesting, however it was constantly being thwarted with flashbacks at every turn. This made it a chore to read. As soon as the story started getting good...another flashback took it off track. Lots of flowery language drew out simple concepts, sometimes for pages at a time, and I found myself skipping over a lot of it just to try to get back to the story at hand. It was somewhat disappointing. I hope the tv series is more engaging.
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    By sazzaporter
    Totalitarian regimes, autocracy, patriarchy, civil rights abuses, power, lust, religion, rape, reproduction, honour, idealism...a dystopian future with historical precedents & current world crises...& all wrapped up in an enigmatic love story! So freaking good! I can't believe I hadn't discovered this 1985 story before! Now I've read the book (in a day) & watched the tv series. But I have questions: does she escape? What happens to Nick? What about Luke? Her daughter? Evil Serena? I need to know more! But there isn't a second book!! Can't wait until the next series comes on!!!!
  • Liked the idea but not how it was written

    By Nic_Ha
    I really liked the concept of this book, however I could not connect with the author's style of writing. The ending also irritated me.
  • The Handmaids Tale

    By MareeIrene
    Riveting , thought provoking book , reminded me of the Diary of Ann Frank in some ways , highly recommend this book .
  • Under his Eye

    By AlexandraBrownlow
    A remarkable story beautifully screened.