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The handmaid's tale

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart-Bantam Ltd., 1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a startling departure from her previous novels (Lady Oracle, Surfacing), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0770421156 9780770421151
OCLC Number: 15102293
Notes: "Seal books."
Description: 293 pages ; 18 cm
Responsibility: Margaret Atwood.

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"In a startling departure from her previous novels (Lady Oracle, Surfacing), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be."--LibraryJ rev. via Amazon.ca.

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