The Handmaid’s Tale

It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now…everything has changed.

Reviews

“The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood’s novels.”
Maclean’s

The Handmaid’s Tale is in the honorable tradition of Brave New World and other warnings of dystopia. It’s imaginative even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace.”
The Globe and Mail

The Handmaid’s Tale brings out the very best in Atwood — moral vision, biting humor, and a poet’s imagination.”
Chatelaine