The Testaments

The Testaments

Large Print - 2019 | First large print edition
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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 for her--freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780593149096
0593149092
Branch Call Number: LP ATWOO-M
Characteristics: xii, 562 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Additional Contributors: Atwood, Margaret 1939- Handmaid's tale

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MARY ANN NYBERG
Sep 19, 2019

A wonderful book! A great sequel...! Enjoyed it immensely.

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uncommonreader
Sep 19, 2019

I liked Atwood's message - that it is always important and worthwhile to resist oppression and to be an activist. The book ends on a hopeful note.

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taralei
Sep 19, 2019

" Who can fathom the human soul?
Well, Ms. Atwood can. Her dystopian masterpiece was penned many decades ago, and her dire predictions of our future in North America have come to fruition in a world that is now ruled by a despot who encourages the basest and most ugly urges in humanity. Ms. Atwood has had over thirty years to see the creation of a war against women, a world in which women have little recourse and fewer options. The interplay of the three women's stories, their testaments to the regime are interconnected through their bloodlines, and the value of sisterhood and female solidarity. The feminine voice is outlined here, the book makes us examine what it means to be a mother, that bloodlines are not the important part of motherhood, it is the love that a woman and her child share that validates the relationship. The world they are inhabiting does not allow them to pursue knowledge, as reading is said to lead to disturbing thoughts of freedom. The explicit abuse of women in the modern age, the open warfare on female rights to their bodies, sexual abuse, violence towards women... it is a war, and one we are not winning. GIlead has to be deconstructed from within, and as Atwood points out, all regimes fall. In these testaments, we find the inevitable idea that religion and state must be kept separated, as the control of the religious right is at the core of the war on women. A patriarchal right will keep women dominated and without a voice, and unchecked, this marriage between religion and state will create a Gilead where the voices of women will be hushed. As Becka says., " You can love Gilead, or you can love God. You cannot love both".

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jorocks
Sep 17, 2019

Reads like a YA novel. If you loved Handmaid's Tale, don't waste your time. Total rubbish. I can't believe this has been nominated for a Giller.

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Lady_Librarian
Sep 17, 2019

While this was a very easy read it was also incredibly underwhelming. I enjoyed reading "The Handmaid's Tale" and I love the TV series. I was hoping this story would bring more to the story arc of Gilead but it felt like an unnecessary addition. I would say the first half of the book was a 4 star read for me but the end felt very rushed and uneven. Maybe bigger Atwood fans would get more out of this book than I did.

STPL_STEPHANIE Sep 16, 2019

The intertwining of narrators was an excellent way to tell this story. It was a good follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale. I was fascinated by the more in-depth exploration of Gilead and it's myriad evils.

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LucasHill
Sep 16, 2019

There was something lacking, but it wasn't Offred or her future. I wasn't taken in by the story as much as I had by The Handmaid's Tale. Perhaps I felt that her uncertain future at the end of that story was enough. Gilead, like other totalitarian states, commits atrocities, and it's enough to know that lesson.

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abcDena
Sep 16, 2019

I don't want to star-rate this. Suffice it to say that despite Atwood's signature crystalline prose, The Testaments is unnecessary as an extension of The Handmaid's Tale and is, in fact, taking away from the power of the original novel. I enjoyed the writing so far, but don't need to finish this. *shrug*

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CJTroffe
Sep 15, 2019

I couldn’t put it down. This is the fastest that I have ever been able to read a Margaret Atwood book, and maybe that is my problem with it. It reads more like an action novel, and less like a classic Margaret Atwood book: while it still has her poetic style, it is not as dense or intellectual as I am used to from her. It dedicates more to plot, less to creating mood.
It is a swashbuckling, nail biting adventure, beautifully written. It is not a moody mysterious cerebral story like the Handmaid’s Tale.

debwalker Apr 25, 2019

This will be huge. The Atwood sequel to Handmaid's Tale. September.

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