I’m excited and surprised. The Handmaid’s Tale felt like such a closed book, so it will be real interesting to see where this one goes. I wonder if she decided to write this after the success of the television adaptation or the show was made because this book was being written.
Either way, I can’t wait to read it.
It’s set 15 years after the first book (which was published 33 years ago) and it has 3 female narrators. I hope it carries with it the same depth and power as the first one. So I will be reading and reviewing this one come September. It’s certainly a release not to be missed!
Based on the scary prophetic power of some of Margaret Atwood’s other dystopian social studies, I am not sure I can even stomach the idea of what will happen to Offred next.
May I suggest a feel-good start, changing her name into Nofred?
No, that’s not going to happen. I think the world is currently growing into Margaret Atwood’s new novel, demonstrating the insanity a bit more each day. Getting very, very impatient by now.
If I were to embrace a religion (No!), it would have to be the religion of literature, and I would praise the special god in Atwood’s MaddAddam every day by now: “Oh Fuck”, as Snowman-the-Jimmy said only when it was really, really bad (which was quite often).
A sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Hmm… So, as much as Atwood is involved with the production of the TV show, is it going to be some kind of novelization of the second season? If it is, I am not sure I’d be interested… Although this “15 years after” gives me a little hope…
P.S. Apparently, I can be at peace. According to Guardian, “The Testaments will be set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters. It will not be connected to the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, which has extended beyond Atwood’s 1985 novel to continue Offred’s story.”
to be perfectly honest i kind of wish this wasn’t happening. part of what i loved about the original was how hermetically sealed it felt, to the degree that a sequel or an expansion practically feels like it breaks the structure?
but like. it’s margaret atwood, so i will read it and probably love it and look back on this pre-review as me being whiny and averse to change. i hope
I hardly ever binge-watch anything but over the last three days I’ve watched all of season one and half of season two.
I. Am. Obsessed.
I enjoyed the book too. So I’m super excited for this sequel. I don’t think I can wait until September 2019, though…
“Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have been given one while still alive. Already I am petrified.”
Well so much for the midnight launch on September 9th and the embargo that was so strict even the Booker judges felt unable to say anything about it when announcing the shortlist.
I must admit, wading through Handmaid’s Tale and finding it quite tedious than I find the ‘who broke the embargo’ story more interesting than ‘what actually happens in The Testaments’.
As best I can piece it together Amazon sent out copies (by mistake?) a week early to US Prime customers who had pre-ordered.