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The Handmaid's Tale

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Description: In a startling departure from her previous novels (Lady Oracle, Surfacing), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by ... (more)
Manufacturer: Vintage
Release date: 5 July 2007
ISBN-10 : 0099740915 | ISBN-13: 9780099740919
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"12.1. Some people will hate me for this, but I didn't really enjoy this novel, I don't think it's nearly as good as some folk make it out to be. I think Margaret Atwood is a great writer, but the content is very flat and empty. You know the thrill: some fundamental christian cult has taken over America and all fertile women are being persecuted, they're kept as slaves and regularly raped and stuff. My first issue is that the thing is so extreme it doesn't really represent even the smallest o"


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