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An edition of The Handmaid's Tale (1985)

The Handmaid's Tale

1st Anchor Books ed. (24)
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An edition of The Handmaid's Tale (1985)

The Handmaid's Tale

1st Anchor Books ed. (24)
  • 4.18 ·
  • 11 Ratings
  • 270 Want to read
  • 18 Currently reading
  • 27 Have read
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Publisher
Anchor Books
Language
English
Pages
331

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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 valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years 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...
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The Handmaid's Tale
2017, Large Print Press
Paperback in English - Large print edition (2)
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La servante écarlate
2017-11, Pavillons Poche
Paperback in French
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La servante écarlate
2017-07, Pavillons Poche/Robert Laffont
Paperback in French
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Рассказ Служанки
2016, Izdatelʹstvo "Ė"
in Russian
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Рассказ служанки
2006, "ĖKSMO"
Hardcover in Russian
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The Handmaid's Tale
2003?, Anchor Books
Paperback in English - 1st Anchor Books ed. (24)
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The Handmaid's Tale
1998-04, Anchor Books
Paperback in English - First Anchor Books Edition (9)
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The Handmaid's Tale
1990, Virago Press
Paperback in English - Movie Tie-In Edition
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Jonathan Cape
Hardcover in English - 2nd reprint
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardcover in English - 1st printing

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Published in

New York

Table of Contents

Introduction --
Night --
Shopping --
Night --
Waiting room --
Nap --
Household --
Night --
Birth day --
Night --
Soul scrolls --
Night --
Jezebel's --
Night --
Salvaging --
Night --
Historical notes.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1986

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PR9199.3.A8 H3 1998

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
311 p. ;
Number of pages
331

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL695522M
ISBN 10
038549081X
ISBN 13
9780385490818
LCCN
97042966
OCLC/WorldCat
37806202, 1100037871, 427435172
Alibris ID
9780385490818
Google
4QXnYRaBUFAC
Amazon ID (ASIN)
038549081X
Library Thing
1667444
Goodreads
38447

Work Description

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a strongly patriarchal, totalitarian theonomic state, known as the Republic of Gilead, which has overthrown the United States government. The central character and narrator is a woman named Offred, one of the group known as "handmaids", who are forcibly assigned to produce children for the "commanders" — the ruling class of men in Gilead.

The novel explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society, loss of female agency and individuality, and the various means by which they resist and attempt to gain individuality and independence.

The Handmaid's Tale won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award.



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We slept in what had become the gymnasium.
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