“But, Aunt Lydia, you must drink this mint tea, it will do wonders for your dige…

“But, Aunt Lydia, you must drink this mint tea, it will do wonders for your digestion! Keep your nose out of my digestion, I want to snap at them; but they mean well, I remind myself.” 💙

Returning to Gilead was definitely bittersweet. It was nostalgic and I really loved The Handmaid’s Tale. However, while entertaining and definitely a page turner, it didn’t really add anything critical to the original story for me. The first book could have forever stood on its own. This was definitely entertaining but I also felt like it was just created for the tv viewers out there who just got into the series. I do applaud Atwood for creating a setting so rich and so vivid that we do want more from the story and can picture life in this world. I think the question of does the ends justify the means comes to mind when thinking about certain situations in this book. I would still recommend this as a highly worthwhile read! 💙



4 thoughts on ““But, Aunt Lydia, you must drink this mint tea, it will do wonders for your dige…”

  1. Im happy she did this book because for me it did answer a few questions the other didnt. Then again those questions werent about the story but how things were being done.

  2. I agree so much! While a wonderfully written novel, I feel like it was created for fans of the show. It was missing some of the higher literary insights of Atwood’s other novels.

  3. 😂 Atwood has to be screaming that so many people feel this way when she maintains this book is totally devoid of the series (she began writing it when they were still filming the first season). It seemed to me to be more of a response to the current political atmosphere than anything (which I think the original was too, though of course I read that one in a different context than in which it was written)

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