The Testaments

The Testaments

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"In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead."
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385543781
0385543786
Branch Call Number: FIC Atwo
Characteristics: x, 419 pages ; 25 cm

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Mersenne5
Feb 21, 2020

This book has brought back my love of reading. The writing is superb, and the story is a page-turner. I read The Handmaid's Tale when it came out, saw the movie, and am now watching the series on TV starring Elizabeth Moss. The Testaments carries forward the stories of Offred's two daughters and Aunt Lydia. My only tiny criticism is that Gilead is described as a "Puritan theocracy." In fact, the Puritans in America created a more just society among people of European ancestry than the European society they'd left behind. That's not saying much by today's standards, but still. The subject of the Puritan treatment of Indigenous People is another subject, and a tragic one.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 18, 2020

I really enjoyed returning to the world of Handmaid's Tale. It's interesting to see how much has changed in our world that makes the world of Gilead seem even more sinister and plausible than it did when Handmaid's Tale was first published.

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KMHLehman
Feb 12, 2020

This book was okay, I like the way Margaret Atwood writes. However, it was confusing to me. I had to keep going back in the book to understand what I was currently reading. Also, it didn't open my eyes in any way and honestly, I couldn't wait until it was over. Having read The Handmaid's Tale, I was hoping it would be a continuation of that story about Offred. She was mentioned briefly but it wasn't much.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 03, 2020

I have not read "The Handmaid's Tale," but understand from others that it was a close-up view of how the theocracy played out in people's lives; this sequel certainly portrays the horror of life in Gilead but the three separate story lines make it less claustrophobic. Each subplot is incredibly engaging and makes for a wonderful page-turner. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.

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HamiltonBrian
Feb 01, 2020

In Testaments, Atwood presumes to offer her fans a look into the fall of Gilead. As an idea, it was formulaic, unsurprising, and methodical. It doesn't mean it wasn't bad. It's still a decent story but one might expect more from the author. I believe the legacy of Handmaid's Tale would have been preserved had that story been it. The end was mystery that we could interpret and imagine however we wished to. Testaments eliminated that perfect mystery.

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Scarlett_Lucian
Jan 27, 2020

I was very impressed by the Handmaid"s Tale, however this felt like it fell short. While interesting and still a good book, it just does not compare to Margaret Atwood's others. It felt stereotypical, not the breathtaking originality that she is known for and I was able to guess most of the major plot points. Still well-written, but not on the same level as Handmaid's Tale or Alias Grace. I would absolutely still recommend giving it a read, because the subject matter and expansion of the original story is very interesting, but don't expect it to be life changing.

DCPL_Wesley Jan 25, 2020

A brilliant sequel to a wonderful and important book. Atwood expands the world she created in The Handmaid's Tale and introduces so many well-formed and interesting characters. She also deepens some of the ones from her first tome. This is a MUST read if you've read the original.

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hRuth
Jan 23, 2020

Really liked Testaments... read it in a weekend.
Especially pleased that Margaret tied it so well TO Handmaid’s Tale, because it’s been years since I’ve read it.
Was worried I’d have troubled connecting it but did not.

patcumming Jan 22, 2020

A very satisfying sequel to The Handmaids Tale. Suspenseful, great character development and Atwood's signature dry humour. Loved it.

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ktx2406
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.

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NadiaHathor
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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