I never thought I'd read this book, but seeing The Testaments is this months B&N Book Club pick for the October discussion I kinda have to read it now. I really hope I enjoy both books.
Found this at the public library!! So excited to read it!!
I first read this copy while staffing the campus weight room in undergrad. I wasn't going to re-read it now because I like to be contrary, but when I got a free copy of The Testaments, I figured it was only right to dust off the original.
Related: Did anyone else watch the 1990 movie version with Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, and Elizabeth McGovern? I watched it several times back in the day, but no one I talk to lately has heard about it.
I just reread what has to be my all-time favorite book. It just feels so real, so true, in a way that most writers can‘t capture. Every word of it feels like something I‘ve thought but didn‘t know how to put into words. Very excited to start The Testaments!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The gauge for which speculative fiction should be measured. I grabbed this on Audible (for a #reread), narrated by Claire Danes, months ago and decided to listen before starting The Testaments. Atwood is just so damned good. This story is so searing and complex. I really need to *finally* read some of her other work, but first ... part two.
Putting a pin in the other book I‘m reading for now. The release of the sequel to “The Handmaid‘s Tale” snuck up on me. I wanted to do a re-read (I never re-read books but I read this when I was 14. I need a refresher) before I start “The Testaments.” About to get my Gilead on.
Side Note: this book had quite the reading and feminist impact on me. It made dystopian novels my favorite and it made me wanna fight like hell to not end up in a Gilead.
I picked up this new #outofprint bookmark at BN tonight.
I read this for the first and only time in the fall of 1994; I bought it at the school book fair and read it that night while my hostess on a college overnight worked on a paper. It scared the crap out of me, 17 and still relatively sheltered even though I was a reader and thus “knew” things from books. Reading it today for the first time as an adult, almost 25 years after that first reading.
So are you excited for a Handmaid's Tale sequel or think it's unnecessary?
The Testaments came out today! Going to be a while before I actually getting around to reading this one - I'm currently 135th in the library queue! 🤣 (I'm trying so hard not to actually buy books atm)
Finished my reread, so now I'm all ready for The Testaments to arrive tomorrow. 😁
For two weeks in August I watched three seasons of The Handmaid‘s Tale. That created a personal requirement to read and appreciate this unbelievable book prior to my bookmail arriving with its sequel. I would like to think I had the sophistication to appreciate THT in 1986, but alas, I was in Richard Chamberlain Thorn Birds lust. ...And with no way of imagining a certain real estate billionaire then could make this book so believable now.
I read this many years ago ,and especially since I watched the show on Hulu ( I am a few episodes shy of being done) and it expands beyond the novel ,I felt I should read it again before the sequel comes out to set the context.I was stunned by it in the 80s, the social climate was already getting more conservative but the novel still felt dystopian,upon my re-read , it feels like it could be more like tomorrow.😳What a great writer she is !
My book came in for my book club! I am so excited to read it! ❤️
Atwood's speculative dystopia, first published in 1985, seems vastly more prescient than it seemed back then, with its vision of a world (or at least an America) where the hard-won victories of liberalism and feminism have been reversed. The prose is luminous and the narrative technique, involving flashbacks to the times before and just after the new order has been imposed, masterly.
I‘ve never read my Folio edition of this book .I‘m so behind on other titles but I need to read it again before The Testaments.😃😳Oh , and did you all see Amazon shipped some before the on sale date?
This was wonderful. I just love The Handmaid‘s Tale so much and will take all the (Mother Margaret-approved) versions of it I can get. This one features stunning artwork and thought-provoking visual interpretations. It did feel a little white, especially after the Hulu adaptation, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. Big thanks again to @Jilly6183 for including this in my #summersantagoespostal box. ❤️ #testamentsprep
Hardly getting any reading done because I‘m staying with my good friend and her two children. It‘s a bit surreal to be holding this adorable baby while thinking about the importance of children and mothers in this book. This guy is certainly a miracle, but I‘m glad he‘s not been born in the Republic of Gilead. What a terrifying world!
Even better the second time around.... now I‘m ready for Tuesday!
Did anyone else see that Amazon have mistakenly sent some copies of The Testaments too early?! I bet mine isn‘t one of them... 😁
Listened to this via audiobook and what a wonderful way to enjoy this otherwise large book. I have Fallon in love with Margaret Atwood
Reading in the sky above the Continental Divide and Kalispell, MT. It‘s been almost 15 years since I first read this book, and I‘m re-reading in preparation for The Testaments. Also, I‘m about to finish Season 2 on Hulu. I‘ve said it before, Margaret Atwood is a phenomenal storyteller. I‘m so blessed to have met her and have a personalized, signed copy of this book.
Another day, another trip to the bookstore 🤷🏻♀️
I was only intending to purchase The Handmaid‘s Tale, as I‘d like to re-read it before trying the sequel - I first read the book 25 years ago in my Grade 12 Canadian Literature class! The other two books caught my eye and were on sale. I couldn‘t resist.
I remember reading this when it first came out and enjoying it simply as a science fiction story but just as one possible future. Now, I think the current regimes in the UK and the US are run by idiots more intent on simply feathering their own nests but they would have no qualms about such a future if they thought they could make money out of it.
For anyone (like me!) who wants to re-read before the sequel comes out in 2 weeks....
The fact that this book is from 1985 and yet feels so modern and to date amazes me. This is the second time I read it and I liked it better this time, maybe because of how the world works now, but also my understanding of how it works. It's so sharp and well executed, just amazing. I'm really excited about the sequel coming out in a few weeks! Good to have this fresh on my mind!
Confession time, reading this for the second time I apparently read over this typo (I only have the Historical Notes left, I doubt it'll be in there), but I happened to have posted it on Instagram when I found it back when I first read it (October 2017). Long live my being a nerd and getting excited to share typos! 😂🤓
An unnecessary period. I also seem to remember this version has another typo further along in the book: cheeerfulness, with a third e. If I do come across it, I'll post it too.
Have FINALLY started watching the show ( finished first season last night) that I have let pile up in my DVR for a couple of years 😞I bought this gorgeous graphic novel to read in tandem and jog my memory of the story. My husband is rereading his paperback from school. Part of me wants to have it all done when I see Margaret on September 10th but another part wants it never to be over ❤️
I found both the art and storytelling in this GN adaptation very well done. This was a reread in preparation for the upcoming sequel to The Handmaid‘s Tale. Also using this for #Booked2019 #GraphicNovel