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Banned Book Week - The Handmaid's Tale

Wheelock College Library: Banned Book Week - The Handmaid's Tale

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Banned Book Week - The Handmaid's Tale

My favorite banned book is "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

This dystopian novel spoke volumes to me about gender roles, reproductive rights and class struggles. It was the first work by Margaret Atwood I read, and it became my "gateway book" to her vast breadth of eclectic work which includes novels, poetry, short stories, children's literature, non-fiction, short prose, etc. Ms. Atwood's subject matter covers a wide range; from 19th century Canadian murder mysteries in "Alias Grace" to a genetically engineered, post-apocalyptic world in "Oryx and Crake." There is something in her works that will
appeal to nearly everyone.




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