The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale #1

Margaret Atwood

311 pages first pub 1985 (editions)

fiction classics dystopian literary dark reflective tense medium-paced
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her ...

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Moods

dark 90%
tense 62%
reflective 50%
emotional 43%
challenging 42%
sad 42%
mysterious 24%
adventurous 7%
informative 5%
hopeful 3%
inspiring 3%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 30%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 45% | Character: 38% | Plot: 15%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 38% | Yes: 37% | No: 22% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 27% | Yes: 20% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 59% | It's complicated: 17% | Yes: 17% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 37% | Yes: 31% | It's complicated: 28% | N/A: 2%

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4.16

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