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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret AtwoodThe Testaments is Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to her 1985 dystopian smash, The Handmaid’s Tale. Should it have won the Booker? Does it work on its own? Does Hajar remember all three protagonists’ names?

Expect f-words, Amazon reviewers disappointed that the ‘wrong religion’ is ‘maligned’, and Curtis getting his head bitten off for suggesting Atwood is a ‘little old lady’.

Published in September 2019, The Testaments was the joint Booker Prize winner with Bernadine Evaristo’s ‘Girl, Woman, Other‘. 

 

Publisher’s Blurb

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

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.

‘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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Notes from Hajar: A 6/10 for Atwood is a 12/10 for anyone else.

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