The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,277 Ratings


Now a Hulu Original Series

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.


  • Handmaids Tale

    By feralgander
  • Dissapointed?

    By dayma_927702
    I wanted to love it, but I’m somewhere in between linking it and hating it. Not what I expected
  • Movie is better

    By fromrussiamyself
    I found this book lacking description. It’s very very depressing. I found movie is much better
  • Lives up to the hype

    By cam1854
    I haven’t seen the show, but I decided to read the book based on the show’s popularity. It truly lived up to my expectations. Dark, and impossible to put down. I read it in a day and a half because I was pulling it out at every spare moment.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    By ccw46
    Ms. Atwood created a story that is extraordinary. The HULU series is captivating. I hope the producers expand on this book to continue the series for a few more years.
  • A handmaid’s tale

    By K9$$dog LoL
    Worth the read. Reminiscent of “1984”.
  • EaeErz

    By GA HazMat Responder
    Aedtcctwasdxf wewedse
  • Udioik

    By zzlzzzzzx
    Inimitablescuxsxxx I Ixz zoo
  • Sod

    By rxdrx
  • A glorious read

    By Bonnie Beth
    It’s been a very long time since I enjoyed a book this much. I didn’t want it to end.