The Testaments

The Testaments

Book - 2019
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Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic--and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

"The literary event of the year." -- The Guardian

"The international literary event of the season." -- Globe and Mail

"It's terrifying and exhilarating." --Judges of the Booker Prize 2019
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780771009433
Characteristics: x, 419 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jan 21, 2020

Margaret Atwood's storytelling is as spellbinding as ever. This book is a hard-to-put-down, extremely satisfying conclusion/continuation to the story told in The Handmaid's Tale. Highly recommended.

Jan 21, 2020

I'm generally not an Atwood fan but I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit, and I don't think I ever read A Handmaid's Tale. The plot moved along well.

Tamurae Jan 12, 2020

The long-awaited sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, this book takes place 15 years after the events of the first book. While this book is a thrilling page-turner, it lacks the beautifully written prose and political criticism that made the original book a modern-day classic. “The Testaments” is an action-driven, more hopeful, and by extension, a less realistic narrative. Nonetheless, fans of the books and tv adaptation will appreciate a deeper look into the Gilead mythos.

IndyPL_JoannaW Jan 03, 2020

Read Cat's Eye (novel), Bluebeard's Egg or Wilderness Tips (short story collections) or Morning in the Burning House (poetry) if you want to read excellent Atwood. Atwood can be uneven and the writing here is so poor that on just one page there are two cliches (e.g. the proof is in the pudding) unbelievably spoken by Aunt Lydia (who pre-Gilead had been a judge.) There are no Handmaids in the plot; no Fascistic, militant Commanders (only a couple of weak pedophiles); no jealous, controlling wives (just young innocent girl brides). Aunt Lydia is not cruel and sadistic. She is an administrator and protector of postulants. The plot does not center on inhumane ideology. When I got to the ridiculous turning point which was to unravel Gilead, I had to force myself to finish the book. I own all of Atwood's books and am an admirer, but The Testaments is probably not the book you are looking for if you were riveted and horrified by The Handmaid's Tale.

Jan 02, 2020

For everyone who has been dying to find out what happened after "The Handmaid's Tale"...including how the Republic of Gilead became history.

Dec 16, 2019

Looked forward to this too much. Of course it's well written technically because it's Atwood but for me it was - as we kids used to say on Guy Fawkes - a damp squib.

Dec 13, 2019

Well written and builds on the TV series. I will definitely need to re-read the Handmaid's Tale, which I haven't read since high school. But am I the only one who occasionally had difficulty tracking which of the three characters I was reading?

Dec 10, 2019

I thought The Handmaid's Tale was very well written, and was looking forward to seeing what the sequel will hold. I was unfortunately very disappointed. I would never have guessed this was written by Margaret Atwood if I had read it without being told who the author was; most of the book reads like a mediocre, angsty YA novel, and the plot twists were predictable. By the end I didn't care at all about any of the characters. The only thing that saved this from being one star for me is that the Aunt Lydia narrative is somewhat better written than the other two narratives.

Dec 05, 2019

Although well-written and interesting to read, it is not a good stand- alone novel. You really need to read her first novel to fully enjoy. The premise, that is, men are the bad guys and have created a world where a woman's main job and duty is to bear children for the next generation. This stretches the suspension of disbelief for me because women are 50% of the population plus there are plenty of normal men out there who would oppose the subjugation of women in this manner. Intended to be feminist literature, it fails to be believable and it fails to demonize men. Thus, 3.5 stars.

Nov 30, 2019

Great addition into the world of Handmaids Tale. It nicely wrapped up the First book and show. My only concern is how it will impact the show.

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Oct 02, 2019

"There were swings in one of the parks, but because of our skirts, which might be blown up by the wind and then looked into, we were not to think of taking such a liberty as a swing. Only boys could taste that freedom; only they could swoop and soar; only they could be airborne. I've never been on a swing. It remains one of my wishes." Part II - Chapter 3 - pg.16

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