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  • n  in a subordinate position
    theology should be the handmaiden of ethics
  • n  a personal maid or female attendant

  • About the book: Set in a future America that has turned into an anti-feminist fascist state, the book tells the story of Kate, a handmaid who lives a life of sexual servitude but .
  • Atwood's novel takes the form of the secret diary of the handmaid, Offred, named after the official to whom she is assigned.
  • After all, Levine points out, the handmaid line does not follow immediately upon the angel's tidings that "thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and call his name .
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  • Behold our mutant future in Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam'
    The dystopian novel 'MaddAddam' ends the trilogy that includes 'Oryx and Crake' and 'The Year of the Flood' with biblical echoes and a sense of humor. Sometimes Margaret Atwood can get a little goofy. I mean no disrespect to the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" — in fact, it's a good thing that she writes intelligent works of dystopian fiction with a sense of humor. Otherwise, the end of the ...
    Aug. 30, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

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