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Studying The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood

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Book Review By Margaret Atwood. THE HANDMAID'S TALE urely the essential element of a cautionary tale is recognition. Surprised recognition, even, enough to administer a shock. We are warned, by seeing our present selves in a distorting mirror, of what we may be turning into if current trends are allowed to continue.

Haunted by The Handmaid's Tale

Some books haunt the reader. Others haunt the writer. The Handmaid's Tale has done both. The Handmaid's Tale has not been out of print since it was first published, back in 1985. It has sold millions of copies worldwide and has appeared in a bewildering number of translations and editions.

Margaret Atwood on Religion Part1/3

Atwood Discusses Religion

JSTOR: Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Jul., 1989), pp. 209-217

Le roman de Margaret Atwood, "La servante écarlate" est le meilleur roman de science-fiction qu'ait produit le Canada anglais. Plusieurs éléments doivent être soulignés: les séries d'événements rituels, le symbolisme du miroir ovale du couloir et le statut générique tout particulier de ce roman qui pourrait être qualifié de "dystopie contextuelle".

JSTOR: The Women's Review of Books, Vol. 3, No. 10 (Jul., 1986), pp. 14-15

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