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The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel): A Novel by [Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault]

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“Gorgeous.”
―io9
 
“Arresting . . . Able to convey some things that text—and even a TV show—never could.”
―The New York Post

“A rich, visceral approach to telling the story.”
―Toronto Star

 
“Nault spectacularly transforms lines and color into fear, resignation, desperation, the tiniest glimmers of hope . . . most piercing throughout are her affecting use of color (red—'the colour of blood'—and its portentous hues of orange, crimson, rust) and scale (the indistinguishable handmaids trapped in plain sight). She adds softness when Offred recalls her past, with less-saturated colors for happier memories, thickened, darker lines for the repetitive nightmares.”
Booklist, starred review

"Nault spectacularly transforms lines and color into fear, resignation, desperation, and the tiniest glimmers of hope."
―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Y]ou owe it to yourself to check out Renée Nault's take on the classic dystopian story."
―Bustle

“There is magic in every detail of Ms. Nault’s adaptation, thoughtfulness in each panel, an intentionality about every aspect of it, the costuming, the sets and her interpretation of Gileadean iconography is stark, sometimes shocking and beautifully rendered.”
―Good Men Project
 
“There’s something about Renee Nault’s art that makes the reader feel both closer to the action and completely, terrifyingly, alone . . . This is the power of graphic novels―the ability to add that extra emotional pull to an already strong story.”
―The Geekiary

“This is great comics. If you agree that the most basic definition of comics is a fluid dance between words and pictures, you will very likely be struck by the beauty of this book . . . What Nault has done here is stunning.”
―Seattle Review of Books

"Haunting . . . Impossible to look away from."
The Mary Sue

From School Library Journal

A worthy adaptation of a legendary and award-winning novel. A tyrannical religious regime has overthrown the U.S. government and reconfigured human roles and identities to severely oppress women, the LGTBQ community, and other marginalized groups. Offred is a handmaid owned by the government for the sole purpose of procreation in a country of widespread infertility. Her existence is a fragile one-a wrong move or a reckless word, and she could be obliterated. Her only escape is her memory, which remains intact and full of scenes from the way her world used to be. She had a career, a husband, and a daughter, and nothing can take those truths from her. Nault's illustrations are haunting and delicately ethereal. It's almost guilt inducing to be so captivated by the beauty of her art, so effectively does it depict the horror of Offred's experiences. At times following the narrative word for word and other times expanding the plot to portray deeper themes of fear, determined resistance, and the complicity of the public, each frame melds with the text until neither can exist without the other. VERDICT A must-read; fans of Atwood, graphic novels, and the TV show adaptation will be particularly invested.-Michael Marie Jacobs, Darlington School, GAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07F5XKDVH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nan A. Talese (March 26, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 26, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 112936 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. ‘Her sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019. It was an instant international bestseller and won the Booker Prize.’

Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original novel
By Jeffrey A. Moon on March 26, 2019
I purchased this book thinking it was a novel. It is actually a comic book - granted, made very well and with some nice artistry, but I was wanting to read the original source novel. For "Handmaid's Tale" enthusiasts this might be a nice collectors item but it it not the original book. I reread the description on Amazon and can't find where it makes this clear. Maybe that's what "graphic novel" means - but I was not aware of this. Sorry that I originally gave this item a poor rating. My fault that I didn't know what "graphic novel" meant. Still, others might make the same mistake and hope this clarifies what you are buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful hardcover “Graphic” Novel!
By gracie on March 28, 2019
I purchased this knowing full well what a graphic novel was! I was looking forward to receiving the hardcover, and viewing the detailed art/illustrations by Renee Nault. I’ve read the book itself, listened to the Audible version and follow the series on Hulu. I like Graphic novels also. This is a fine hardcover (even The Walking Dead Compendiums are not hardcovers)!

Kudos to Renée Nault on her work on this, beautiful crafted artwork, tastefully done in a world of dark times for all woman owned by Gilead. Showing light, bright and shades of dark colors all where needed within the storyline. The eyes are the windows to the soul - Human souls here showing good, bad and ones will.

It’s really easy to follow the flow of the story/illustrations, typesetting. Glad I made this purchase - looking forward to see what else Renée brings forth! Maybe the upcoming release in September of The Testaments?! Also thanks Margaret Atwood for such a great book!

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum!
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Niall
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2019
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NChia
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful imagining of the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars For die hard fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut gelungene Adaption eines Klassikers
Reviewed in Germany on June 12, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tolle Comic-Fassung des berühmten Romans
Reviewed in Germany on April 3, 2019
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