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The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret…

The Blind Assassin: A Novel (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Margaret Atwood

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TitleThe Blind Assassin: A Novel
AuthorMargaret Atwood
Tagsaging, Booker Winner, Canada, epistolary, favorite, fiction, fiction-in-fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, masterpiece, novel, Ontario, own, read, read by Grandma, siblings, sisters, suicide, Daily Dose entry 
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ReviewI've already been an Atwood admirer for a few years, but The Blind Assassin is too gorgeous to merely admire. I love it. Where it isn't exquisite, it's precise. It moves expertly between the dry, the brutally truthful, and the passionate, and brings the keenness of the author's eye to them all. Atwood describes both the elusive and the everyday with a transforming grace.

All that is merely on the level of prose, of paragraph. Her narrator is human, complex, and honest. The other characters are interesting, Laura chiefly so, of course, and I appreciate the way Iris acknowledges and interrogates her own inability to do others' characters justice. I particularly appreciated the way that Atwood drew us into the book with the mystery of Laura, and then gradually made us (well, me, at any rate) fonder and fonder of Iris. A beautiful literary bait and switch.

All this and a compelling plot. Really, if I try to think of something wrong with this book, the first thing that swims to mind is that it's more than a little intimidating to a young author. My consolation is that she was 61 when it was published. I still have some years to practice.
Publication date2001
PublicationAnchor (2001), Paperback, 544 pages
ISBN0385720955 / 9780385720953
Number of volumes1
Number of copies1
Dimensions8 x 5.28 x 0.9 inches
Weight0.85 pounds
LC ClassificationPR9199.A8 B55
Primary languageEnglish
CommentsRecommended by JeannineHallGailey
Date acquired2008-05-06
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SummaryThe Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (2001)
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