The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin

Large Print - 2000
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Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist. For the past twenty-five years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishments as never before, creating a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious. The novel opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a- novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, readers will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be--but, in fact, much more. The Blind Assassin proves once again that Atwood is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of our time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, it is destined to become a classic.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000.
Edition: 1st large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780375430855
0375430857
Characteristics: 819 p. --

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darcyhudjik
Jul 12, 2017

Awesome characters and an intriguing plot by Atwood.

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LPL_Sarah
Dec 28, 2016

It's a slow burn, but it's really worth sticking with this book to the end. I ended up loving it.

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notacentaur
Jun 20, 2016

Absolutely my favorite book by Ms. Atwood.

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marthabwaters
Dec 01, 2015

This is going to sound flip, and I don't mean it to, but: you know the emoji with the heart eyes? That was me, the entire time I was reading this spectacular book. It's just as feminist as Atwood's other works like "The Handmaid's Tale", but in a different and more subtle way. It is a delicate balancing act of a book, featuring a story within a story within a story (phew!), as well as an intriguing puzzle at its heart. The further readers venture into the book, the more they realize that they don't know about the book, and they come to realize that key assumptions they made are wrong. It's a heartbreaking book, and the two women at its heart -- sisters Iris and Laura -- are not always likable. They lead hard lives in which awful things happen to them, and this is because they are women born into a society at a time when women were expected to be merely decorative objects and nothing more. And yet, the book is still not entirely bleak -- it's sad, and the ending isn't happy, but it feels too meaningful and insightful to be written off as merely a depressing read. The writing is beautiful -- there were passages I read multiple times, just to savor them -- and the characterization is so razor sharp and insightful that I half-expected the characters to leap off the page and into the real world and start speaking to me. It's an incredible, beautiful gem of a book, and it deserves the Booker Prize that it won, and every other word of praise that came its way. Reading this was one of the most moving reading experiences I've had all year. A difficult, challenging read -- but worth it, more so than I can possibly express. It's one of those books that makes you feel privileged, as a reader, to get to experience the joy of reading it. Lovely from start to finish.

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LaurenNagel
Jun 30, 2015

Book Club 8/26/15

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Eosos
Jun 05, 2014

Somehow I always find my favorite books the hardest to write reviews on. I don’t want to gush but there are no negatives to discuss.
The story isn’t fast or action packed, it lets one woman tell the story of her life in a calm and ordinary way. Stories within stories create an interesting flavour to the tale. Retrospection and thoughtfulness rule the story while you slowly learn of her sister and parents and lover and husband.
I absolutely adored this book, from characters to setting and everything in between. Atwood has such a fabulous way with words that I want to savour all of them.

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finn75
May 31, 2013

Loved this book of a woman looking back at her past and her relationship with her much more glamorous sister. Great twist.

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pridi_o
Nov 02, 2012

Exquisite!

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thoughtspf
Jul 28, 2012

I enjoyed the writing style, but the story line went from all-over-the-place could turn out interesting to boring somewhere about halfway through the book.

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Jessi52
Jul 01, 2012

Very slow, I can usually read a book in a day or two, this one took 2 weeks, I kept falling asleep. did finish it. Not near as good as Kate Morton's book, could not put those down.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge."

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