Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Review: THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood
While the book and series have provided readers/viewers with a lot of information about the fictitious closed-off society of Gilead, there is still so much to explore/exploit in this well crafted and scary dystopian setting brought to life in The Handmaids Tale.
The shock and awe moments which made the first book so memorable aren't as prevalent here, but the characters and their dangerous plights are plentiful, more than make up for the macabre nature of its predecessor.
Aunt Lydia and two reliable narrators (well, they seem reliable) from within and outside the walls of Gilead recount the horrors, truths, lies, and perception of aunts, handmaids, pearl girls, wedlock, slavery, and all things Gilead as seen through the eyes of experience and the viewing of propaganda. The three form the testament's trinity; scholars of history analysed through symposiums conducted decades into the future.
I enjoyed the deeper look behind Gilead's wall of hushed secretary where the heinous is no happenstance and totalitarian reins supreme. 4/5 stars.
The audiobook is narrated by a cast which includes Ann Dowd, the actress who plays the formidable Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale TV series. All of narrators do a fantastic job at capturing the suspense and heightening the fear and overwhelming sense of urgency attached to the book, making it feel more cinematic and dramatic (if that's actually possible).