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novembre 26, 2019

The Testaments by Magaret Atwood: my review

  • novembre 26, 2019
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If you know about The Handmaid’s Tale, you may have heard that its author, Margaret Atwood wrote a new book about Gilead which was released a few weeks back. If you are not familiar with it or with the tv show (guys, I’m finally watching it with le barbu and we love it!), the story depicts a whole new system happening in what’s today the US, approximately, and where women are divided into different categories: the aunt, the wives, the marthas and the handmaids. In the first book, we follow the journey of a handmaid, whose life is only useful to make children. I can’t describe how this dystopia has scared me while opening my eyes at the same time (even though I did not enjoy it). It is scary because we are all a little bit scared that this sort of world can happen in real life.

The Testaments 

Now, in The Testaments, we follow three different person: an aunt (whom we’ve read about in the first book), a future wife in Gilead and a girl in Canada. Their stories give a little bit more information about their world, fifteen years later. It is still scary, but really interesting as we are given new point of views, not just those of handmaids. I really enjoyed this book, I could not put it down for days. We have courageous and strong women who have an extraordinary journey and act for freedom, for a greater world. 

A feeling of rebellion 

I don’t know if it’s because of the world we live in today or because freedom is such an important aspect in everyone’s life in general, but I could not help but notice a certain sense of rebellion in this book. We feel the fight coming, we feel that people can’t live like that for very long. Women are not just object that you can “protect” by restricting them. Women are courageous, bold, talented, intelligent and are not made to be put to silence, to be servants, to be nothing else but a body to make children. And for all of that, this story is inspiring. 

I encourage everyone to read it (even if reading The Handmaid’s tale first might be good for understanding the whole thing), to be furious about it, to think about our world, our position, especially as women. I encourage you to think, to dream, to be bold and courageous like those women in this book. Books like these are important. 

Have you read it? What about The Handmaid’s Tale?

I'm 24, I've got freckles (you get it now) and I'm a grumpy French, sometimes, who writes in English. I love books, cats, le barbu, pizzas and Dicaprio.

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