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Gileads döttrar

av Margaret Atwood

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Serier: The Handmaid's Tale (2)

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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 more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.… (mer)
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    Abigail av Magda Szabó (Dilara86)
    Dilara86: One is speculative fiction, the other isn't, but they both take place in a girls-only school at a time of war/unrest and describe female microcosms, friendships between teenage girls and ambiguous authority figures.
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Review for "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood (⭐⭐⭐⭐): I was extremely excited to get my hands on this book as soon as it came out. I read the original "Handmaid's Tale" years ago and I've been keeping up with the show on Hulu. The first half of "The Testaments" had me completely engrossed. It was a fascinating story that remained consistent with both the original classic and the show. It was thrilling and it satisfied my love for the story. However, I felt like the last fourth or so of the book wasn't as great. It didn't keep my interest as much and the ending fell a bit flat for me. In general, I'm glad I read this book and I do recommend it to other members of this fandom. ( )
  kathrynwithak7 | Nov 24, 2021 |
So I listened to this. I’ve been wanting to read Atwood for a long time now. I’d watched the Handmaids Tale and thought that production was really well done. The readers of this work were excellent! Not to give too much away, but to have readers from the TV production for this was perfect!

And I really liked how Atwood addressed and handled the telling of both pre- and post- Handmaids Tale incidents. Well done!

Now, on to earlier Atwood works.

Libby ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
I love how this was structured; a great read overall but I'm generally a sucker for Our National Treasure's works anyway. I am smitten with the idea that evil never wins permanently and glad to see it sort of played out. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
Gilead Implodes

Margaret Atwood returns to Gilead with interesting results, employing the same criteria she used as a foundation for The Handmaid’s Tale; that the oppressions in the totalitarian state of Gilead have either occurred in history or are occurring now, primary among the control and abuse of women and dangerous theocratic government.

The question most readers will have is: how does this new outing compare to the original? The answer is: The Testaments is a different kind of novel from its progenitor in structure, style, featured characters, and point of view.

Now we have three narrators alternating in fleshing out the corruption of Gilead fifteen years on: Aunt Lydia (abbess of the Aunts), Agnes Jemima (a Commander’s daughter; also Aunt Victoria, and a Pearl Girl), and Daisy (Baby Nicole). We also have a novel using intrigue and suspense as its propulsive force, as opposed to the gradual exposition of a Handmaid’s life in Gilead. Perhaps most readers will find Aunt Lydia the most startling character as here she has dimension, through her we appreciate how women came to suppress other women, and we discover reasons to view her with sympathy, without discounting the horrors she perpetrated and her Machiavellian manipulations.

Aunt Lydia begins the novel reflecting cynically on the statue of her erected years earlier on the grounds of Ardua Hall, which she rules by virtue of her cunning, and sets the stage for what she has in store for Gilead.

Next readers meet Agnes Jemima, as well as her friends, the most important of whom is Becka. They educate us on what being a young girl in the Commander and ranking families means. That being arranged marriage to suitable men, usually older and established, as a method of securing status in the regime, the constant threat of physical abuse (even death) without recourse and the trauma it causes, and the psychological pain of not knowing who your true mother was. Because of this damaging environment, many girls fear marriage and avoid it in the most drastic ways. Hopefully, it doesn’t give too much away to say that Becka, who suffered molestation, and Agnes, who suffers psychological abuse, flee the world by becoming Aunts, Aunt Immortelle and Aunt Victoria, respectively. The path to these decisions and lives as Aunts paints a sharper picture of women’s lives in Gilead.

Finally, readers meet Daisy, who lives in Canada and has grown up as the child of Neil and Melanie. Her parents operate a business called The Clothes Hound, a resale shop. Different kinds of people pass through it. It’s here that readers first encounter Pearl Girls. Pearl Girls are fully indoctrinated young women who operate as missionaries trying to entice young girls to come to Gilead for purported better lives. Being a Pearl Girl is the last step to becoming a full fledged Aunt. Neil and Melanie fear them because they serve as the eyes and ears of Gilead in its unrelenting search for Baby Nicole, the supposed child of Offred, but actually of Nick, the Guardian. Gilead holds Baby Nicole up as an ideal, as an object of worship, and uses her as a cudgel to beat at Canada. Daisy hates Baby Nicole, so you can imagine her reaction when she learns she is the revered one. And the humor here is that the real Nicole is anything but a saint to be put on a pedestal.

The plot develops after the characters all take stage, a plot conceived and controlled by Aunt Lydia, with each of these characters, as well as others, playing roles in it, and accelerates as the novel progresses. Aunt Lydia’s objective is the destruction of Gilead by a tried and true method of destroying totalitarian regimes. And the novel ends as did The Handmaid’s Tale, at a symposium on Gilead studies, this time the Thirteenth. Professors Maryanne Crescent Moon and James Darcy Pieixoto are back for an encore. Pieixoto again slips into some sexist joking, and, as before, you wonder if things will ever truly change.

Recommended? Absolutely, yes, and you wish there was more of it, too. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
I loveeeeddd this book! I liked handmaid's tale when I read it, but was infuriated by the ending... Or the lack thereof. This book answers so many questions, furthers the story, and provides so much context for the original by providing multiple points of view by new characters in and out of Gilead.

I'm going to have to reread The Handmaid's Tale now with this new info and context in mind.

Definitely recommend, but read this after Handmaid's Tale, if you haven't read that one yet! ( )
  KaffinatedWitch | Oct 15, 2021 |
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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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