by Margaret Atwood
2019 / 381 pages
read by a cast 13h 18m
rating: 9 / sci-fi?
I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, the book to which this is a sequel, but I wasn’t wow’ed even if Atwood is one my most admired writers. I’d be hard pressed to say which of her books is my favorite – The Blind Assassin probably. It’s possible that reading The Handmaid’s Tale is not a prerequisite for The Testaments but I can assure you that the reader will get a lot more out of it if it has been read.
Anyway, this is a hard book to follow – there are two 1st person narrators and their chapter alternate within Parts which have distinguishable front pages with a graphic suitable to a character. And each of these characters uses different names. The chapters of two characters are related via “transcript” while another character’s chapters are via Holograph. It gets tricky in some places – I think it deserves a couple readings anyway. Very imaginative.
I was going to say that I don’t think two books should have shared the Booker Prize this year, but maybe I’ve changed my mind, I’ll have to reread Girl, Woman, Other to decide. .