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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (udgave 2019)

af Margaret Atwood (Forfatter)

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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. With The testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.… (mere)
Medlem:momoian
Titel:The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Forfattere:Margaret Atwood (Forfatter)
Info:Nan A. Talese (2019), Edition: First Ed, 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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De testamenten vertelt het verhaal van drie vrouwen, vijftien jaar na de gebeurtenissen van Atwood's roman Het verhaal van de Dienstmaagd. het totalitaire regime van de Republiek Gilead vertoont meer en meer scheuren. Het verhaal van de drie vrouwen komt op een boeiende manier samen. Atwood toont opnieuw haar sterke vertelkunst, doospekt met spanning en humor. ( )
  vroyen | May 9, 2021 |
And they lived happily ever after

Not quite tied up with a bow. But, close enough. Or perhaps I’m so soured by the ways of the world right now that all hope of goodness has withered in me.

It’s a good story and it kept me engaged to the end. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
"Being able to read and write did not provide answers to all the questions. It led to other questions, and then to others."

The Testaments is Atwood's sequel to her acclaimed novel 'A Handmaid's Tale' and returns to Gilead, where women’s bodies are the property of the state.

But this tale is not actually about Handmaids even if they are never far from the minds of the three narrators. The events take place some fifteen years after the original finished and features the two daughters of June (Offred),one of whom had been smuggled to Canada whilst the other remained in Gilead, and Aunt Lydia. Each tell their story in the first person, the two girls in the form of witness testimonies whilst Aunt Lydia's is in more diary form. Each character’s tale overlaps in some ways the events of the original book. However,the role of the Aunts is undoubtedly the main concern as once again the author returns to the themes of female subjugation, sexual crimes and sisterhood.

Atwood doesn't try to rewrite history concerning Aunt Lydia, a character widely regarded as a monster but she does ask the reader to consider just how she became to be like that and whether or not we too would have made the same choices given similar circumstances. In fact everyone’s place in Gilead society seems uncertain, even those Commanders who were part of the initial coup. The Testaments poses questions around survival, complicity and manipulation when all the choices around you are bad. Zugzwang I believe they call it in chess.

Now whilst I enjoyed reading Aunt Lydia's segment of the book I was left underwhelmed by the remainder of the story. The final third in particular read like an adventure story complete with the smuggling of state secrets and escape from a ruthless regime, all with predictable outcomes.

Whilst I enjoyed Atwood's writing style as always, I was left with two burning questions, Why and What.

Why was this book ever written? For that I suggest that we the readers and viewers of the TV series must take a lot of the blame as no doubt there was a great clamour for the author to do so. And What does this book add to the original? The answer to that question for me was nothing, other than the satisfaction that like all corrupt regimes sooner or later they fail. This was an OK read but ultimately a let down. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Apr 12, 2021 |
I liked it but I felt like there wasn't enough character development included to justify Agnes and Becca's decision to work with Aunt Lydia. The characters also felt rather shallow and simple compared to Handmaid's Tale. I also didn't care for the narrative style with the mix of witness reports and the supposed history symposium at the end. It felt out of place and unnecessary to the story. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
This was such a fast read. But I had mixed feelings in the end. But I think it was because while this was an awesome book, it wasn't as earth shattering for me as the Handmaid's Tale was. In some ways I felt some of the things came about kind of easily, but I guess the format of the book left some stuff out and they were their own accounts instead of a full account of the events. The ending was a bit rushed, but again I guess was also about the format of the book. It's not really at the level of Handmaid's Tale, but I don't think Margaret Atwood can write a bad book, so I need to compare this to other books, not just her books :)

Then to some more spoilery thoughts of the book. To me it was obvious from the beginning that it was June's daughters telling the story. I think this was intentional though, so I don't mind. I did feel that the daughters' choices were not really explored, but being a witness testimony, I guess they just summarized stuff instead of telling all the things going in their heads. I did feel the ending a bit rushed, and maybe more happy than I expected. But in the end this has been such an emotional ride and in the current political climate, I totally understand that choice. Someone said that it was interesting how Lydia made a choice to join the regime and later made a choice to bring it out. I didn't think she made different choices, I think she was playing the long game all the time.

In the end, this was not as emotional as Handmaid's Tale was for me. But I enjoyed it and I found it satisfying in many ways. And I think it was nice how it tied the things from the tv show as well. I'm now really excited to the next season of the tv show. ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
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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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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 more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

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