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The Testaments

de Margaret Atwood

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Sèrie: The Handmaid's Tale (2)

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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.… (més)
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Interesting to get Aunt Lydia's back story and to have a look at Gilead from the wives' point of view but it just didn't have the wow factor that "The Handmaid's Tale" did. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 4, 2022 |
Being a sequel written thirty years after the first novel, I admit that I was cautious going into this one. I didn't really know what to expect here, but what I certainly wasn't expecting was actually enjoying this one MORE than The Handmaid's Tale.

Its predecessor tells its story through the eyes and thoughts of the titular handmaid, whereas this one is from THREE totally different perspectives: the young prospective wife Agnes, the Canadian girl Daisy, and the notorious Aunt Lydia herself. This not gives insight into different other aspects of Gilead society, and how the world outside deals with the regime, but this book showcases a significantly stronger element of political intrigue, as the Gilead government shows signs of rotting from the inside.

The three stories converge over time and the plot twists in some interesting ways, and much like The Handmaid's Tale the ending is fairly open. The only real issues I had were that the dialogue felt a bit more cliche at times, and there were one or two moments that did make me cringe a bit due to how they were written, and these things prevented a possible full 10 rating from me, but otherwise this was an incredible novel and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the first book. ( )
  Revolution666 | Nov 14, 2022 |
In this sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, we return to the dystopia of Gilead to find out what happened to the patriarchal regime after the escape of Offred. The tale is told in three parts from the perspectives of the infamous Aunt Lydia, and two teens, Agnes, who has been brought up in Gilead, and Daisy, who has been brought up in Canada.

Of the three narrators, my favorite is Aunt Lydia. She tells how she rose to power in Gilead and relates the machinations she engages in to manipulate others to do her bidding. The teens’ perspectives are not quite as forceful or scholarly, but they are needed to fully convey how Gilead is viewed from both the inside and outside. The teens’ accounts are written in a slightly different style, reflecting lesser maturity, which I think is appropriate and should help this book reach a wider audience.

This book is thought-provoking. It indirectly asks the reader, “What would you do in a similar situation?” The situations are full of choices: what will we do in the name of self-protection, how much will we sacrifice for the greater good, how much suffering is one person willing to endure, how open are we to change? These questions remain pertinent in today’s society and we can certainly think of events in history where people had to address them.

Definitely read The Handmaid’s Tale first, as it draws a vivid picture of the horrors of Gilead’s totalitarian society, particularly the sexual enslavement of women. The roles and nomenclature are important to internalize before embarking upon the sequel. I have never seen the television adaptation.

The Testaments is one of two books that shared the Booker Prize in 2019. The other is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Having not read the latter I cannot yet compare them, but I can see why The Testaments has been recognized. It will appeal to those that enjoy a combination of deeply drawn characters, eloquent writing, compelling plot, along with a strong dose of creativity.

[As an aside, I have read several of Atwood's works and including links here in case anyone is interested:]

[a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg]: 2018
- [b:Cat's Eye|51019|Cat's Eye|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1385207977l/51019._SY75_.jpg|1019987] - 5 stars - My Review
- [b:The Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1578028274l/38447._SY75_.jpg|1119185] - 5 stars - My Review
- [b:Oryx and Crake|19207928|Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1404113334l/19207928._SY75_.jpg|3143431] - 4 stars - My Review
- [b:Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold|31564731|Hag-Seed The Tempest Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1471713331l/31564731._SY75_.jpg|49490147] - 4 stars - My Review
- [b:Alias Grace|12360070|Alias Grace|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1328311562l/12360070._SY75_.jpg|2069530] - 3 stars - My Review
- [b:Surfacing|13547532|Surfacing|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1344396385l/13547532._SY75_.jpg|924766] - 2 stars - My Review
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
(7.5)This sequel, although there is greater character development and a more complex plot line than The Handmaid's Tale, I still didn't really enjoy this. I tired of it and thought the ending a bit too predictable. I still do not enjoy Atwood's foray in to dystopian fiction. ( )
  HelenBaker | Oct 23, 2022 |
I love this story. For me, it was written as an allegory to the times we are living in, now in December 2019. I read Gilead as an allegory to The GOP and the Trump administration. If this is only fiction, at least for the time I was reading it, I could feel hopeful. Especially when I reached the end, and saw what Atwood did with history. You'll have to read it for yourself to see. This is the continuance of what happened at the end of The Handmaid's Tale. Offred got away, and you will find out what happened to her. Here are some quotes:
P.20
"I was pleased with this story. It was only later that I pondered it: how could Job have allowed God to fob off a batch of new children on him and expect him to pretend that the dead ones no longer mattered?"

P.31--Aunt Lydia's foreshadowing:
"how will I end? I wondered. Will I live to a gently neglected old age, ossifying by degrees? Will I become my own honored statue? Or will the regime and I both topple and my stone replica along with me, to be dragged away and sold off as a curiosity, a lawn ornament, a chunk of gruesome kitsch?
"Or will I be put on trial as a monster, then executed by firing squad and dangled from a lamppost for public viewing? Will I be torn apart by a mob and have my head stuck on a pole and paraded through the streets to merriment and jeers? I have inspired sufficient rage for that.
"Right now I still have some choice in the matter. Not whether to die, but when and how. Isn't that freedom of a sort? Oh, and who to take down with me. I have made my list."

P.63
Commander Judd:
" 'Dear Aunt Lydia,' he said, beaming from behind his enormous desk. 'thank you for gracing my humble office. You are well, I hope?'
"He did not hope that, but I let it pass. 'praise be,' I said. 'and you? And your wife?' this Wife has lasted longer than usual. His Wives have a habit of dying: Commander Judd is a great believer in the restorative powers of young women, as were King David and assorted Central American drug lords. After each respectable period Of mourning, he has let it be known that he is in the market for another child bride. to to be clear: he has let it be known to me. "

P.303
this is what I felt the day I realized the Catholic church had totally brainwashed me, and I began the process of on brainwashing myself:
"but as I discovered what had been changed by gilead, what had been added, and what had been omitted, I feared I might lose my faith.
"if you've never had a faith, you will not understand what that means. You feel as if your best friend is dying; that everything that defined you is being burned away: that you'll be left all alone. You feel exiled, as if you are lost in a dark wood. It was like the feeling I had when Tabitha died: the world was emptying itself of meaning. Everything was Hollow. Everything was withering."

P.337
The allegory, according to Aunt Lydia:
" 'the aims of gilead at the outset were pure and Noble, we all agree,' she said. 'but they have been subverted and sullied by the selfish and the power - mad, as so often happens in the course of history. You must wish to see that set right.' "

P.398
" 'is Gilead gone?' I said. I felt happy but also unreal, as if it hadn't been me doing the things we'd done. How could we have taken those risks? What had carried us through?
" 'not yet,' said Elijah. 'but it's the beginning.' 'gilead news is saying it's all fake,' said Garth. 'A Mayday plot.'
Ada gave a short growly laugh. 'of course that's what they'd say.' "

P.417
From the Acknowledgements:
"one question about "the handmaid's tale" that came up repeatedly is: how did Gilead fall? "The testament" was written in response to this question. Totalitarianisms may crumble from within, as they fail to keep the promises that brought them to power; or they may be attacked from without; or both. There are no sure - fire formulas, since very little in history is inevitable." ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
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Agency and strength, Atwood seems to be suggesting, do not require a heroine with the visionary gifts of Joan of Arc, or the ninja skills of a Katniss Everdeen or Lisbeth Salander — there are other ways of defying tyranny, participating in the resistance or helping ensure the truth of the historical record. The very act of writing or recording one’s experiences, Atwood argues, is “an act of hope.” Like messages placed in bottles tossed into the sea, witness testimonies count on someone, somewhere, being there to read their words [...]
 

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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.

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