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eBook Deal: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

Today’s eBok Deal of the Day at Amazon is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale which is available for $1.49 — a $15.46 savings off the ebook retail price.

In a startling departure from her previous novels ( Lady Oracle , Surfacing ), respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist’s nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the “morally fit” Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: “of Fred”), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be.

[via Geeks of Doom]

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3 Comments on eBook Deal: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

  1. Paul Weimer // December 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm //

    I am going to go broke snapping up these ebook deals. Angry Robot, Orbit, now this…

  2. Mark Stephenson // December 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm //

    Anybody who has been watching the freak show debates by the Repug candidates for president spouting their bizarro, Social Darwinist spew and genuflecting for votes before the Evangeliban, baggers and low-information Faux nitwits will find “The Handmaid’s Tale” strangely prophetic. This is the authoritarian, theocratic, “Devil-take-the-hindmost” society they want. Read it and beware…

  3. Peter Damien // December 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm //

    Handmaid’s Tale blew me away and introduced me to Margaret Atwood just this past year. So even though I own a copy, I couldn’t resist snapping up the ebook too.

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