Series: The Handmaid’s Tale Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 311 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 1 minute
First Published: 1985
In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.
Quotes from The Handmaid’s Tale
Don’t let the bastards grind you down.
Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.
You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
TV Trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale (2017)
About Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books. She is best known for The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel The Testaments. Her other works include The MaddAddam trilogy, as well as books of poetry and essays. She currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. Visit the author’s website →