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The Blind Assassin

Atwood, Margaret (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Blind Assassin


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"The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister'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."--Cover p. [4].
Authors: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Title: The blind assassin
Publisher: New York :, Anchor Books/Random House,, 2001
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: 521 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Atwood
Notes: "Originally published by Nan A. Talese ... in 2000"--T.p. verso
Summary: "The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister'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."--Cover p. [4].
ISBN: 9780385720953
0385720955
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATWOOD 2001
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  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Exquisite!

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  • thoughtspf rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I usually adore Ms. Atwood's writing, and eagerly consume each of her words, however, this novel of a story within a story was rather tedious and dry. It lacked her usual wittiness, or rather, it lacked much of Atwood's charm.

Report This Sep 15, 2011
  • teatreetiffany rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am a self-confessing Margaret Atwood fan. Her development of the characters in this novel is the best I've read in her works. They are vivid and she gives them time to unfold through the sometimes confusing (aren't they always?) flashbacks that shape the action of this novel.

The first selection for an online book club sponsored by Atlantic Magazine. 1book140 is "an international book club inspired by the One Book, One City programs. Every month we all choose a book to read. The following month we read it. The discussion takes place largely on Twitter, though we will also link to people's blogs and Tumblr and Facebook pages as well, and provide regular summaries of the conversation at TheAtlantic.com."

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  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not an easy novel, but I think it's worth the effort. Basically, this is a novel within a novel, very dense. Definitely one of Atwood's more complex works.

Report This Jan 09, 2011
  • Iluv2read rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tough to get into it but after about 200 pages started to be interesting. 659 pages Ended up quite enjoying it.

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  • charlie2009 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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