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The Testaments

por Margaret Atwood

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"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 more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead."--provided by publisher.… (mais)
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So satisfying!
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
It’s definitely not what I was expecting. I’d call it a thriller, while I was expecting more literary fiction. The only previous Atwood I’ve read is The Blind Assassin, which I recall was much more complexly and richly written. Also the tone isn’t all THAT grim, like I figured it would be, despite the sort of society we’re talking about here. I mean, there’s multiple penis jokes in here, y’all!

The primary bad guy, Commander Judd, as physically described by Atwood resembles Santa Claus, if Santa took a really bad turn down the road of totalitarian patriarchy (don’t do it, Santa!). An image of a demented Santa, for me, brings an air of the ridiculous to the proceedings. One of Judd’s characteristics is that he’s only interested in teenage girls: marry one, go a few years, kill her, repeat. Horrible but treated with a touch of the slapstick by Atwood (“rat poison? It’s so easily detectable,” the central character and antihero Aunt Lydia muses. Very sloppy indeed, Santa, tsk tsk).

On the positive side, it’s well paced, and kept me turning the pages. It flew by for being a 400 page novel in the hands of a slow reader. Aunt Lydia is the sort of Machiavellian character it’s enjoyable to encounter in fiction (if only we could keep them all there).

I appreciated how it agreed with Nabokov’s take on totalitarianism: that it is marked more by the ineptness and buffoonery of those in power than by any impressive calculating evil.

I get the sense, reinforced by Atwood’s acknowledgements here, this was written for the entertainment of people who have enjoyed (is that the right word?) The Handmaid’s Tale in its written and televised formats, and not so much because this was a novel that was demanding to be written, so to speak. It exists because there was an eager market for it that didn’t call for it to be exceedingly “literary”. Which is fine. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Sometimes life mirrors art the way Americans have become politically polarised I feel that the Union will break up as they descend into a new civil war. Some States in the South where the religious fervour is still strong could easily slip into a theocratic government as envisioned by Attwood and only time will tell if her books are precognitive. ( )
  Arten60 | Feb 21, 2024 |
Although the first book of this three part series is, by far, my favorite, the series, as a whole, is a great work of Speculative Fiction. ( )
  Anne.Walk | Feb 16, 2024 |
About fifteen years after the end of the events in Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, The Handmaid's Tale, we are immersed again in the chilling world of Gilead and its northern neighbor, Canada, where many women escaping Gilead's totalitarian, woman-enslaving regime have sought sanctuary. Baby Nicole, who Offred (June) smuggled out of Gilead, is now a teenager in Canada and the sometimes cruel, sometimes kind, and always calculating Aunt Lydia is still reigning over the Aunts. The story unfolds in the discovered hidden narrative of Aunt Lydia and transcripts of testimony of two young women who spent some time with the Aunts at their headquarters, Ardua Hall. We learn that Gilead is being studied by historians more than a century later, and there is some debate about the authenticity of the evidence. Almost any other information I give would be a spoiler, but the main story line is about a mole in Gilead and the fate of the regime. While The Handmaid's Tale was bleak (although it did end on a note of hopefulness), The Testaments is more woman-empowering, especially in the character of Aunt Lydia. Through Aunt Lydia, Ms. Atwood demonstrates her agility in creating complex characters. A compelling page turner. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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Agency and strength, Atwood seems to be suggesting, do not require a heroine with the visionary gifts of Joan of Arc, or the ninja skills of a Katniss Everdeen or Lisbeth Salander — there are other ways of defying tyranny, participating in the resistance or helping ensure the truth of the historical record. The very act of writing or recording one’s experiences, Atwood argues, is “an act of hope.” Like messages placed in bottles tossed into the sea, witness testimonies count on someone, somewhere, being there to read their words [...]
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Atwood, Margaretautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bar, NomaArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Biekmann, LidwienTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cardinal, TantooNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dean, SuzanneDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dowd, AnnNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Howard, Bryce DallasNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Jacobi, DerekNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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"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 more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead."--provided by publisher.

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