The Handmaid’s Tale Predicts a Frightening Possibility

GENRE:            SPECULATIVE AUTHOR:         MARGARET ATWOOD BOOK TITLE:  THE HANDMAID’S TALE We want wisdom. We want hope. We want to be good. Therefore we sometimes tell ourselves warning stories that deal with the darker side of some of our other wants.   Margaret Atwood Interview with The Guardian, 2005     In 1986, the author, literary critic and environmental activist, Margaret Atwood introduced a work of speculative fiction which has maintained its relevance to the present, The Handmaid’s Tale.  Although written over 30 years ago, it maintains relevancy in a number of ways.  The most obvious, of course, is the...

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