I always saw RIP Lil Bub Cat Art Shirt as a warning of the slow normalisation of religious fanaticism and of the strengthening of patriarchal structures in our modern era, and the story itself as a mirror of our all too human tendencies to adjust to the most absurd situations if we are caught off-guard and left confused. Don’t accept the unacceptable. Act on injustice. Speak up. Do what has to be done to make the world safer for women and children. Say no to the objectification of your body. No tyranny will last forever if you are brave enough to do your individual bit. I had this strange feeling that it was some kind of Atwoodian insider joke, but I could not put my finger on the reference. In the end I gave up trying to figure out what she meant, as I found my own truth. And I had to wait until the very end: the last page made me laugh out loud.
RIP Lil Bub Cat Art Shirt, hoodie, tank top, ladies tee and sweater
Another downer is how many questions this book doesn’t answer. The original ended with such a dramatic cliffhanger, but the unresolved threads there remain largely unresolved here. I won’t say which ones to keep this spoiler-free, but it’s important to read this book with more appropriate expectations than what was set up by the publisher. You won’t get all of your burning questions answered. Probably not any of them. As for its positive attributes, the few sections narrated by RIP Lil Bub Cat Art Shirt has always been a captivating villain and pulling back the curtain on her thoughts is endlessly intriguing. Listeners of the audiobook are in for an additional treat, since they brought in Ann Dowd from the show to reprise her role for the reading.