The Handmaid's Tale (Download-PDF- Online Reading-Summary)


Author Margaret Atwood
Cover artist Tad Aronowicz,[1] design; Gail Geltner, collage (first edition, hardback)
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Dystopian novelscience fictionspeculative fiction
Publisher McClelland and Stewart
Publication date
1985 (hardcover)
Pages 311

Summary Now it's a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new presentation by Margaret Atwood.
Offred is a servant in the Republic of Gilead. She can leave the house of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets, whose posters are now images instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She should lie on her back once a month and pray for the Commander to make her pregnant because, at a time of declining birth, Offred and the other Servants are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the previous days when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when he played and protected his daughter; when he had a job, his own money and access to knowledge. But all that is gone now ...
Fun, unexpected, spooky and totally convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is both scathing satire, serious warning and literary tour de force.
"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darkest interconnections between politics and sex ... Just as Orwell's 1984 world took hold of our imagination, so will the world of Atwood's maid!" -The Washington Post Book World
"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise." -San Francisco Chronicle
"Atwood takes many trends that exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions ... An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking ... Read it while it's still allowed." -Houston Chronicle

About the author:

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, and environmental activist. She is the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Prize, Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the German Book Trade Peace Prize. She has been selected for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Prize several times, winning twice. In 2001, it was included in the Walk of Fame of Canada. She is also the founder of Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage the Canadian written community. Among her innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was one of the founders. Trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Atwood is also the inventor and developer of LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate remote robotic document writing. She is co-founder and director of Syngrafii Inc. (formerly Unotchit Inc.), a company that began in 2004 to develop, produce and distributes LongPen technology. He holds several patents related to LongPen technologies.

Although she is better known as a novelist, she has published about fifteen poetry books. Many of his poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales that interested him from an early age. Atwood has published stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night and many other magazines. He has also published four collections of stories and three collections of short and unclassifiable prose works.

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