The testaments

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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. With 'The Testaments,' the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Format
Hardback
Categories
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Published
10/09/2019
ISBN
9781784742324
Publisher
CHATTO & WINDUS
Weight
667kg

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"The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control. The prose is adroit, direct, beautifully turned. All over the reading world, the history books are being opened to the next blank page and Atwood's name is written at the top of it. To read this book is to feel the world turning" Guardian - Anne Enright "I gobbled it down... Atwood has an incredible intellectual nimbleness that challenges us constantly and poses the question that lies like a pearl inside the shell of this frighteningly readable novel "Before you sit in judgement, how would you behave in Gilead?"" Sunday Telegraph - Allison Pearson "A cracker: urgent, moving and as tense as any thriller... there's a darkly rebellious humour, ingenious wordplay and, of course, chillingly timely warnings. Atwood is long overdue a Nobel" Mail on Sunday - Hepzibah Anderson "A plump, pacy, witty and tightly plotted page-turner that transports us straight back to the dark heart of Gilead... Atwood is on top form" Observer - Julie Myerson "Finding hope in a hopeless place, this is everything The Handmaid's Tale fans wanted and more. Prepare to hold your breath throughout, and to cry real tears at the end. My book of the year" Stylist - Kayleigh Dray "It is an addictively readable, fastpaced adventure... the rhyme of reality with fiction is loud and devastatingly clear... In The Testaments , Atwood changes the emphasis of the plot, to strike a note of optimism - a hopeful reminder that resistance is possible and such regimes do eventually always fall" Independent - Holly Williams "While unflinching in depicting horror and showing how complicity enables the collapse of compassion, The Testaments is also a clarion call to hope, resistance and activism... The Testaments is a formidable achievement that will doubtless be read in decades to come" i news - Anita Sethi "Ingenuity has always delighted Atwood. Here she revels in it... The twists and turns of an extravagantly suspenseful final race for freedom are done with bravura relish" Sunday Times - Peter Kemp "The Testaments take us to a subtly altered Gilead and, in many ways, a more hopeful one... a rallying cry for activism that argues for the connectedness of societies and their peoples... Atwood's task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting" Guardian - Alex Clark "The book may surprise readers who wondered, when the sequel was announced, whether Atwood was making a mistake in returning to her earlier work. She has said that The Testaments was inspired by readers' questions about the inner workings of Gilead, and also by "the world we've been living in." But it seems to have another aim as well: to help us see more clearly the kinds of complicity required for constructing a world like the one she had already imagined, and the world we fear our own might become" New Yorker - Jia Tolentino "The very act of writing or recording one's experiences, Atwood argues, is "an act of hope."... in testifying to what they have witnessed, Offred, Nicole, Agnes and, yes, Lydia are leaving behind accounts that will challenge official Gileadean narratives, and in doing so, they are standing up to the regime's determination to silence women by telling their own stories in their own voices" New York Times - Michiko Katutani "Margaret Atwood saw it all coming" Time - Lucy Feldman "An era-defining masterpiece" Waterstones.com "A work of brilliant and searing defiance" MJ Hyland "Fluent, imaginative and provocative" Scotland on Sunday - Stuart Kelly

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