The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood, Publisher: Penguin

This is a book to read when young - a compulsive, fierce and terrifying novel that you will not forget.

'It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge'

Offred is a Handmaid. She has only one function: to breed. If she refuses to play her part she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. She may walk daily to the market and utter demure words to other Handmaid's, but her role is fixed, her freedom a forgotten concept.

Offred remembers her old life - love, family, a job, access to the news. It has all been taken away. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire.

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Edition Vintage Classics
Date of Publication 2010
ISBN 9780099511663
Subject English
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