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The Testaments
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalized readers for decades: What happens to Offred? 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 herfreedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. "Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." Margaret Atwood
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GingerAntics
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This is the story of my life today. And at the moment, I am out of any to give.
#margaretatwood #thetestaments #thehandmaidstale #zerofuckstogive #worksucks #hostileworkenvironment #toxicworkenvironment

TrishB Having one of those weeks too 😢 sorry for you! 1mo
GingerAntics @TrishB actually, this is tying wonderfully with therapy. lol Today was definitely one of those days, though. 1mo
vlwelser Why is this quote not on all of the things? Swearing is ok if it's Atwood, right? 1mo
GingerAntics @vlwelser I 100% agree with that. I just wasn‘t sure Litsy would agree with that. 1mo
vlwelser Atwood is one of my favorite people. She for sure gives zero fucks. 1mo
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GingerAntics
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It‘s amazing how many quotes popped up on Readwise today that fit with the book I finished this evening.
#TheTestaments #MargaretAtwood #GodIsNotGreat #ChristopherHitchens #sexism #antiwoman #rebellion #religion

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MrsMalaprop
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My husband bought me this for Christmas in 2019 when it first came out. I haven‘t managed to get to it before now, and how the world has changed since then!#lifemirroringart
I enjoyed this ride, although found the different perspectives a little confusing at first. It read a bit like a YA novel 🤔.
I‘m pleased to have finally gotten to it.

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Birdsong28
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CarrieStavish
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I saw a lot of mixed reviews of this book but I really enjoyed it. Although I still can‘t forgive Aunt Lydia…

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rwmg
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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.

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LibraryCin
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The audio and it was really good! The actress who plays Aunt Lydia in the tv show also narrated the character‘s storyline in “The Testaments”. Although I loved the audio, and would recommend it for those who listen to audio books, it was harder to tell Agnes and Daisy apart, especially when the storylines converged; earlier in the book, you can tell by the other characters and what is happening around them. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin The narrators are different and their voices are different, but I still couldn‘t remember which voice was who. BUT that did not detract from how much I liked the book. I also liked an added bit (can‘t recall if it‘s called such, but it‘s an epilogue) at the very end. I‘ve read “The Handmaid‘s Tale” twice and I liked this one quite a bit more 2y
rwmg We're discussing it in my book club meeting tomorrow (Saturday)
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Kristelh I liked this one better too 2y
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LibraryCin @rwmg curious what the rest of your book club thought. 1y
rwmg Lots of discussion relating it to current events. We are all of an age that we grew up with the idea that the world in general was getting better and better socially, and this was a realistic salutary reminder that this isn't necessarily so. Some found the multiple narrators confusing but one member who has problems getting through the assigned books in a month read “The Testaments“ in less than a week. 1y
LibraryCin @rwmg thx, sounds like a good discussion. 1y
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rwmg
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica I really enjoyed this book. Takes this unique story to another level. 2y
rwmg @Yoricke_SouthAfrica It's for my book club 2y
RobES That mug is so cute 😍 2y
rwmg @RobES It's a new-ish chain of coffeeshops/patisseries. Good food but I prefer bigger mugs of coffee 2y
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Kristelh
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

#bookspin The Testaments completed

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Kristelh
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#bookspin The Testaments completed

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Bookish_Gal
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Not bad, not stellar. The mixed perspectives were confusing. This was marked to show what happened after the first, but I didn‘t feel connected to the first besides that it was still Gilead. It was the same as how this book made it feel like it was about the fall of Gilead, yet that was way in the background. This book focused on the Aunts and the more nitty gritty of the nasty stuff. Still worth a read either way.

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Bookish_Gal
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Finally got my hands on this book. Amazing thinking it‘s a long waited sequel. Believe it ended up being 30 years later. This feels like a different Gilead point of view. Instead of a handmaiden, now it‘s a girl growing up in a household. With no handmaiden, but three Martha‘s. Bit of a rebellious girl growing here.

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bela_deters
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I really enjoyed this book. Sequels rarely work, in my opinion, so it was so lovely getting a continuation of the story but from the perspective of the new generation both in and out of Gilead.

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audreydmcgee
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While this was still a page turner like the first, I almost felt like Atwood was playing into the TV show, giving us familiar names. I‘m not sure if she wrote it to give the show more ideas or just to say “hey, here the names you are familiar with. Do with this as you please.” And hints that Offred of the first book is actually June in the show. Even though she has said that Offred isn‘t. But absolutely loved what she did with Aunt Lydia.

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Suchethaaahh
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“You‘d be surprised how quickly the mind goes soggy in the absence of other people. One person alone is not a full person: we exist in relation to others.”

The people you spend the most time with—aka, your BFFs—are some of the most influential people in your life.

#BookQuotes
#xoxoAllTheWayFromIndia

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Sharv_Sona
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“As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”

This was one of my favourite quotes from the book because we can see the truth practically happening in front of our eyes right now. I couldn‘t help but make relations from the book to our world right now, and that‘s made this book 10x better.

When reading the book, you can see how Atwood‘s writing has changed over the years, and I must say I quite enjoyed reading this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Sharv_Sona
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But among these bloody fingerprints are those made by ourselves, and these can‘t be wiped easily. Over the years I‘ve buried a lot of bones; now I‘m inclined to dig them up again.

(Continuation of previous posted quote)

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Sharv_Sona
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The corrupt and blood-smeared fingerprints of the past must be wiped away to create a clean space for the morally pure generation that is surely about to arrive. Such is the theory.

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Sharv_Sona
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Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have been given one while still alive. Already I am petrified.

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DHill
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1. Tagged and (still) Bel Canto
2. Broken Harbor by Tana French
3. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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DHill
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It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read The Handmaid‘s Tale but I‘m going to give this a minute and to see if I can pick up where the other left off.

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roronoazoro
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

Knowledge is power
and
History does not repeat itself,
but it rhymes.

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roronoazoro
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I‘m obsessed with this book.
I read it with very low expectations because the Handmaid‘s Tale was so good, I‘m so glad I did that because I LOVED this book too.
It answered a lot of questions and gave us many new perspectives of Gilead, plus the three different characters from various statuses were amazing.
Thank you Margaret Atwood for creating this Dystopian world of Gilead.
Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/137956335

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roronoazoro
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“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.”

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roronoazoro
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A BIRD OF THE AIR SHALL CARRY THE VOICE, AND THAT WHICH
HATH WINGS SHALL TELL THE MATTER.
LOVE IS AS STRONG AS DEATH.

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roronoazoro
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

I dreamed of Becka. She was there beside me in the front of the truck. I couldn't see her, though I knew she was there. I said to her in the dream, "So you came with us after all. I'm so happy." But she didn't answer.

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roronoazoro
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"Thank you, Becka," I said. "You are a sister to me."
"I‘Il think of you as birds, flying away," she said. "A bird of the air will carry the voice."
"I will pray for you," I said. It did not seem adequate.
"And I for you." She smiled slightly: "I've never loved anyone but you.”
"I love you too," I said. Then we hugged each other and cried a little.

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roronoazoro
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"I wish I had a sister," she said to me one day. "And if I did, that person would be you.”

Becka and Agnes friendship in a book where there‘s barely any kindness means so much.

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roronoazoro
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I sang it to Becka, and then after a while I was able to read it to her. "That's so hopeful," she said. "I would like to think that there are two angels always waiting to fly away with me." Then she said, "I never had anyone sing to me at night. You were so lucky."

Becka and Agnes

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Evita
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
Mehso-so

3 out of 5

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Chars
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Mehso-so

After so many years, it was a treat to revisit Margaret Atwood‘s Gilead to see the aftermath of the Handmaid‘s Tale

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HotMessJess
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Prepared to be grossly underwhelmed or wildly thrilled. Any hints from the people who read it?!?

BarbaraBB Very underwhelming if you ask me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
youneverarrived If you take away expectations it‘s a good read 2y
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Not_That_Jem
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I‘ve been putting this one off. I read Handmaid‘s Tale decades ago and loved it intensely; I got a tattooed quote from the book. But I am NOT a fan of the tv show, and I worried that this would be influenced by it. Instead the book is a further look into the world of Gilead. I enjoyed the moral grayness of the characters and the fact that the violence against women, while definitely present in the plot, largely happens outside the narrative.

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natsteph
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I think I‘m immersing myself a little too much in The Handmaid‘s Tale world. Last night I had a dream that I was a handmaid escaping Gilead!😣😣

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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • Truly liked this more than I thought I would. Really readable, and a great addition to both The Handmaid‘s Tale book and Hulu series.