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Testaments
Testaments | Margaret Atwood
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. 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 her--freedom, 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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Kristelh
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#bookspin The Testaments completed

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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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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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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brittanybooks
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It‘s still early but I have a feeling this will be my favorite book of the year. #book75of2022

DLQBOOKNERD I loved this book! 4mo
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IuliaC Great quotes! Fabulous author 4mo
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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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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
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Knowledge is power
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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
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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
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3 out of 5

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Chars
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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 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Cathythoughts I agree with @BarbaraBB 9mo
youneverarrived If you take away expectations it‘s a good read 9mo
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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.

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jlowery999
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The beginning was a little confusing as I did not catch on right away that there were three narrators, but once I understood the format I was very much hooked. I was especially intrigued by Atwood's interview at the end in which she talked about her research. In reality, she didn't make anything up. Can be read with or without Handmaid's Tale. It's not a direct sequel, but takes place in the same world.

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jlowery999
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"Being able to read and write did not provide the answers to all questions. It led to other questions, and then to others."

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jlowery999
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"'No one wants to die,' said Becka. 'But some people don't want to live in any of the ways that are allowed.'"

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Balibee146
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Just finished Handmaid reread and started this finally #currentlyreading

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 1y
danni0075 Looked at this today - what did you think of it? 1y
Balibee146 @danni0075 I enjoyed it in the same way I enjoyed the TV show.... It very much feel. Slike a ox tinuation of that. Very different from the first book, not as powerful and not written with the same lyricism. I did find it readable though.... Lots of people are put off by the tone of some of the younger characters but I was fine with it.... I think it's a conscious choice with the different voices 1y
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CRoddy
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AMAZING. Couldn‘t put this down, really a perfect sequel to The Handmaids Tale

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“I‘ve often wondered,” I said. “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?”
She leaned back, puzzled. “I can‘t say I‘ve given it any thought,” she said. “Since God did not make me an animal.”
“Indulge me,” I said. “For instance: fox or cat?”
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Obviously I was both, since—unlike many—here I still am. I still have a bag of tricks. And I‘m still high in the tree.”

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florencia_vaniara
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“I made choices, and then, having made them, I had fewer choice.”

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florencia_vaniara
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“Such a cruel thing, memory. We can‘t remember what it is that we‘ve forgotten. That we have been made to forget. That we've had to forget, in order to pretend to live here in a normal way.”

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the_wastrel
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A follow up to THT that was even more thrilling and horrifying than I could have dreamed.

Nute Maybe I should give this a go. I‘m so fond of The Handmaid‘s Tale, as are many readers. I‘m concerned that this book, written so many years later, will somehow negatively impact the reading experience of its predecessor. 2y
the_wastrel @Nute I had the same fear, but this book expanded so much on the history of how Gilead came to be, the training of the Aunts, and the international/foreign perspectives towards Gilead. It was fucking mind blowing. 2y
Nute I‘m definitely down for the ‘go-head‘ now! Especially intrigued about learning the history of how Gilead came to be. 2y
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“As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”