The handmaid's tale
(Book Club Kit)

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Series:
Handmaid's tale volume 1.
Published:
New York : Ballantine Books, 1987.
Format:
Book Club Kit
Physical Desc:
311 pages ; 18 cm.
Status:
TELL WPL Book Club
BOOK CLUB KIT
Description

The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it 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, 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 world, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of 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 façade, 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 tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best"--Book jacket.

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Language:
English
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 5.4, 14 Points
Lexile measure:
750

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Description
The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it 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, 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 world, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of 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 façade, 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 tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best"--Book jacket.
Local note
Wilkinson Public Library's kit of 10 books checks out as one unit to book clubs.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Atwood, M. (1987). The handmaid's tale. New York: Ballantine Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Atwood, Margaret, 1939-. 1987. The Handmaid's Tale. New York: Ballantine Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Atwood, Margaret, 1939-, The Handmaid's Tale. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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