The Resource The handmaid's tale
- The handmaid's tale
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- by Margaret Atwood
- This look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction
- In this Orwellian dramatization, religion becomes a tool of repression and social control to force women into the roles of stay-at-home wives, domestic staff, prostitutes, or surrogate mothers. They have no rights to their bodies or property and are completely dependent upon men. Those women who have had at least one child find themselves forced into the role of breeding machine, producing children for childless couples. References to 20th-century issues abound, including Agent Orange, abortion, women's rights, and escape attempts to Canada
- Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Caribbean and Canada: Best Book, 1987.
- Governor General's Literary Award for English-Language Fiction, 1985.
- Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, 1986.
- Arthur C. Clarke Award, 1987.
- YALSA 100 Best Books, 1950-2000
- YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 1999.
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- no index present
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- H3 2017
- Literary form
- Series statement
- Thorndike Press large print core
- Target audience
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