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The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.
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: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Margaret Atwood gave us The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, and we’ve been waiting for more ever since. The Testaments starts 15 years after the end of the first novel, reacquainting us with the red-cloaked handmaidens of Gilead and with Aunt Lydia, the women’s villainous spiritual instructor. Aunt Lydia gets to tell her story here, spilling secrets and motivations that we never would have guessed. Atwood’s dark and unexpectedly funny storytelling is sharp as a knife. We loved the audiobook’s cast of narrators, led by Ann Dowd (who plays Lydia in the TV series) and including actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Mae Whitman, as well as Atwood herself. This gripping audiobook gave us chills and just a sliver of hope.
Completely satisfying, and excellent!!
I have not finished the book but I find it to be detailed, without being overly done, at describing the three women’s lives and their thoughts through each action they took. The voice acting makes time fly by and creates this feeling of calmness to the point where, I’m only in day two of listening but, I do not want the book to end. I recommend this book and the audio to anyone.
Highly recommend! Soo good!