The Testaments

The Testaments

Large Print - 2019
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593149096
Characteristics: xii, 562 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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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.

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.

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.

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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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