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The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Added by: R. Myers



In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited...

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ISBN: 0307264602
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...avid for vision. To achieve vision in this way, this journey into a darkness that is composed of women, a woman, who can see in darkness while he himself strains blindly forward. She watches him from within. We're all watching him. It's the one thing we can really do, and it is not for nothing: if he were to falter, fail, or die, what would become of us? No wonder he's like a boot, hard on the outside, giving shape to a pulp of tenderfoot. That's just a wish. I've been watching him for some time and he's given no evidence, of softness. But watch out, Commander, I tell him in my head. I've got my eye on you. One false move and I'm dead. Still, it must be hell, to be a man, like that. It must be just fine. It must be hell. It must be very silent. The water appears, the Commander drinks it. "Thank you," he says. Cora rustles back into place. The Commander pauses, looking down, scanning the page. He takes his time, as if unconscious of us. He's like a man toying with a steak, behind a...

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10 Oct 2011 18:17:35

The jumbled order was hard to follow. It kept me interested but not really satisfied. The book does chronicle a proverbial "frog in boiling water", as society is systematically overwritten and freedoms stollen for the supposed "good" of all.
Prevalent in countries around the world we are sitting in water that is too hot already, waiting for some motivation to jump out and risk the fire.


01 Dec 2010 15:18:29

grt..a moving story :D


13 Oct 2010 00:53:23

great book. wish they make a sequel to show what happen to her though


29 Sep 2010 12:32:10

great book!

15 Sep 2010 09:05:27

Another best seller


13 Sep 2010 11:40:04

this really worth reading

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I want to see what can be seen, of him, take him in, memorize him, save him up so I can live on the image, later: the lines of his body, the texture of his flesh, the glisten of sweat on his pelt, his long sardonic unrevealing face.


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Time has not stood still. It has washed over me, washed me away, as if I'm nothing more than a woman of sand, left by a careless child too near the water. I have been obliterated for her. I am only a shadow now, far back behind the glib shiny surface of this photograph.


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go wandering off on a trajectory of his own, taking his addictive body with him and leaving you with bad withdrawal, which you could counteract by exercise. If you didn't work it out it was because one of you had the wrong attitude. Everythingthat went on in your life was thought to be due to some positive or negative power emanating from inside your head.


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alling in love, I said. Falling into it, we all did then, one way or another. How could he have made such light of it? Sneered even. As if it was trivial for us, a frill, a whim. It was, on the contrary, heavy going. It was the central thing; it was the way you understood yourself; if it never happened to you, not ever, you would be like a mutant, a creature from outer space. Everyone knew that.


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If I thought this would never happen again I would die. But this is wrong, nobody dies from lack of sex, It's lack of love we die from.

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