The Blind Assassin
  • The Blind Assassin
  • The Blind Assassin
ISBN: 0385720955
EAN13: 9780385720953
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 28, 2001
Pages: 521
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 7.95" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale


In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death--a possible suicide--of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura's sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family's history. Intertwined with Iris's account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.

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   The Blind Assassin
Beautifully written and illustrated with Ms Atwood's dense, literary style. A reader of her fiction will recognize unfamiliar tropes, as they now call what were once objective correlatives. A quality book for readers who still like reading literature, i.e. good writing that actually has a lot to say, including many layers of commentary on precisely why there are so few left. Janet Taliaferro has also been announced.
   best book i have read in a while
Best Book '' i have read in a while. EXCELLENT is a multi-generation, experiential work, and sustainable. I still have 50 pages now that I want to read right now, but I'm working.
   The Blind Assassin
It was goofy when the blind companion was able to know exactly where he was, who was there, etc. But it was also fascinating how the author could jump so easily from plot to plot. I couldn 't wait to see how Atwood would bring it all together. Would definitely recommend it to whoever.
   Expected More
I ordered this book based on the awards it had received, but found it disappointing. There is a story within the story, but it seems to meander and I found myself bored with the characters and the story. I have read other Atwood books that held my interest, but this was a let down.
   Saying I loved this book isn't enough
How describe you? Saying that I loved this book isn 't enough, but any analysis I could offer would be pale. After I entered the last page, I had to take a break from starting a new book for several days, because all the samples I surveyed did not catch me like what I had just finished. Beyond the alternate stories that dovetail very well, the words are carefully selected and never tedious. I really cared about the characters, and no one is the pure protagonist or the antithesis. Margaret Atwood is simply in a league of her own.
   Sweeping and Spectacular
I read this book the first time I read it, and fifteen years later it still stands as a gorgeously lyrical, intricately crafted, wonderfully savvy piece of prose. I find that as a scholar, so few of the works we cherish as adolescents can manage this intangible trick, but I suppose I owe my abiding affection for it to my mother's very discerning tastes. Margaret Atwood deserves this booker more because The Blind Assassin is a masterpiece from start to finish. The characters are rounded, rich and bold. Their nuances are moving deeply. The novel seamlessly blends Sci-fi fantasy, family saga and romantic suspense, while offering sharp, fin-de-siecle meta-narrative commentary on the end of the 20th century-brilliant, not to be missed.
   Award winner for category: most disgusting imagery
Having sought one of this author's works solely on her status as a Booker Prize winner, I failed to do any screening of reviews or story line. A mistake that should never be repeated! The bizarre, cryptic style of storytelling is unsettling, but one thinks that clarity will come along as the plot unfolds. What unfolds instead is gruesome and offensive imagery and dialogue.
   Great First Sentence!
Who could get away with such a drivel passing off? Oh, my dear. Tell yourself a story for crying out loud!
   Just okay
Her descriptive style in particular makes characters and places alive. But the structure of this book did not work. Moving back and forth in time without making it clear to the reader, lack of punctuation for dialogue, these are basic things that writers shouldn 't ignore. It does not make a book more confusing, just more artistic.
The blind Assassin, very enjoyable once I was able to get through the first few chapters. The writing loved. Good book, Michael Good.