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This book: The handmaid’s Tale is a novel written by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. It is a dystopian novel which was published the first time on 1985. It is a work of speculative fiction, not science fiction, Atwood’s novel offers a satirical view of various social, political, and religious trends of the 1980s United States. The story takes place in a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She serves the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy, a former gospel singer and advocate for “traditional values.” The novel won and was nominated to various prizes, namely : 1985 – Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction (winner), 1986 -Booker Prize (nominated), 1986 – Nebula Award (nominated), 1987 – Arthur C. Clarke Award (winner), 1987 Prometheus Award (nominated), Commonwealth Literature Prize (winner), Welsh Arts Council International Writer’s Prize (winner).

Historical context of The Handmaid’s Tale PDF

Margaret Atwood’s motivation to write The Handmaid’s Tale was that in the 1980s, the religious right was discussing what they would do with/to women if they took power, including the Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, and the Christian Coalition and the Ronald Reagan administration.

Quotations from The handmaid’s Tale PDF

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

“Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion: so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely. God is love, they once said, but we reversed that, and love, like heaven, was always just around the corner. The more difficult it was to love the particular man beside us, the more we believed in Love, abstract and total. We were waiting, always, for the incarnation. That word, made flesh.

What did people say about the book The Handmaid’s Tale?

I’ve been moved by books in the past, many times, but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree. This is frightening and powerful. And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so:

Sean Barrs

There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way. In a way that I always try to put into words and always, ultimately, fail. I have read a lot of books over the years and I’ve liked many, disliked plenty too, loved and hated a smaller amount… but out of the thousands I’ve read, there’s less than ten – maybe even less than five, now I think about it – that honestly hit me so hard that I would go so far as to say they changed me.

Emily May

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning. The dystopian future she describes in “Gilead” which appears to be centered in Boston (due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem) is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories: Martha for housework and cooking, Jezebels (easy to guess, right?), Eyes, Angels (soldiers for the state), infertile Wives and potentially fertile Handmaids. It is beautifully written with lots of flashbacks of “Offred”,
the protagonist’s name, of how things devolved into the horrors of her present.

Michael Finocchiaro
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Contents of The Handmaid’s Tale PDF

  • Cover
  • Other Books by This Author
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • I Night
  • II Shopping
  • III Night
  • IV Waiting Room
  • V Nap
  • VI Household
  • VII Night
  • VIII Birth Day
  • IX Night
  • X Soul Scrolls
  • XI Night
  • XII Jezebel’s
  • XIII Night
  • XIV Salvaging
  • XV Night
  • Historical Notes
  • About the Author


Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. She is the author of more than forty books – novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood’s work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye – both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist

Book info

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Categories: Fiction and literature
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Pages: 184 Pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978-1-55199-496-3

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