Monday, 23 January 2012

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

Have you read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood?

If not, it's a disturbing tale set in a future society, The Republic of Gilead, which is roughly based on the borders of America. In Gilead, fertile women are rare. All fertile women, known as Handmaids, have been assigned to the state's powerful men for reproduction. The story itself is told by Handmaid Offred, who reflects on her past in a series of flashbacks and attempts to carve a life for herself in this repressive state.

Over the last few days, The Guardian have published some interesting articles on their website that you might like to read if your a fan of the book or just thinking about reading it. I read The Handmaid's Tale just over ten years ago and it continues to be one of the most moving books I have ever come across, so I thought I would share these articles with you.

Click here for an a wonderful insight into Magaret Atwood's experience of writing The Handmaid's Tale and click here for images from the new Folio Society edition of the book.

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