- The Handmaid's Tale: Critical Analysis
- Mary McCarthy, The New York Times (1986)
- Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times (1986)
- Harold Bloom
- Margaret Atwood
- "Serena Joy is a constant reminder of lost youth and vitality as well as a reminder of the Commander's state-sanctioned adultery."
- "In 'The Handmaid's Tale', Atwood's pessimism comes to the fore as she attempts to frighten us into an awarenesss of our destiny before it's too late."
- Globe and Mail (Canada)
- "'The Handmaid's Tale' provides a compelling lesson in power politics and in reasonable intentions gone hysteric."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- "Atwood's focus is on the extent to which the individual can push at the limits of social determinism."
- Lynette Hunter
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