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Eclectic Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

Highly 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. (Country of focus: The Republic of Gilead)

Book Club Info
Title: 
The Handmaid's Tale
Author: 
Margaret Atwood
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Event Info
Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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