The Testaments

The Testaments

Large Print - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593149096
Characteristics: 562 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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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.

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.

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*

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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