Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin
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The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge With those almost literally haunting words, Margaret Atwood s The Blind Assassin begins As readers we thread our way through the 1945 inquest hearings only to reach an abutment, a novella within the novel This science fiction tale called, of all things, The Blind Assassin is narrated by two lovers Wh Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge With those almost literally haunting words, Margaret Atwood s The Blind Assassin begins As readers we thread our way through the 1945 inquest hearings only to reach an abutment, a novella within the novel This science fiction tale called, of all things, The Blind Assassin is narrated by two lovers When the period piece novella ends, we lurch forward into other documents such as articles and newspaper clippings, wrapping us deeper and deeper into this novel s seductive mysteries The narrator Iris, now eighty two, spins out the story of herself and her deceased sister with fastidious precision The writing, like poetry on a tight budget, holds us close to the page The conception is ambitious, the finale, surprising.. The Blind Assassin Ten days after the war ended my sister drove a car off the bridge With those almost literally haunting words Margaret Atwood s The Blind Assassin begins As readers we thread our way through the
  • Title: The Blind Assassin
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
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  • Page: 365
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    1. Manny says:

      So are you still trudging through the Margaret Atwood George, you should stop being so dismissive Have you ever read it Well, I think I got as far as chapter three Typical po mo cleverness with a story inside a story inside anyway, I decided I couldn t take any , so I gave up So do you want to know what it s about You re going to tell me, aren t you Only if you want me to Okay, okay I want you to Snuggle up and tell me all about it Satisfied Mmm Well, satisfied for now anyway You know, George, y [...]

    2. Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

      This is the first book I have dog eared since I was a child I generally find such behavior to be shameful in a major way, as I a cherish the hard text of a book, and see the decline of its role as a sacred object, the slipping away of its tactile comforts of touch, of smell, of PRESENCE, and our new found, technologically driven disregard of its certainty and necessity in the face of the newest electronic thingamajigs and whatchamahoos as a shame and b am cheap, and constantly rotate my books ou [...]

    3. Tatiana says:

      As seen on The ReadventurerI have to admit, I often do not get Margaret Atwood s books But I am pretty sure I got The Blind Assassin Otherwise how can I explain the feeling of sadness that is overwhelming me right now It s so hard to express what exactly this book is about any synopsis you read doesn t do it justice and explains nothing Mine probably will be as misleading and pointless as all others The Blind Assassin is a puzzle of a story, with multiple tales within tales It starts with the ma [...]

    4. mark monday says:

      atwood s Booker Prize winning novel is a slow and melancholy downward movement, one in which the melancholy becomes cumulative despite the sad and tragic tone, there are many paths to pure enjoyment present through the precise, judgmental, drily amusing recollections of the narrator as she recounts her current life and her past life between the world wars through the intense, intimate, yet almost metaphorical scenes of two lovers connecting, not connecting, reconnecting through the wonderful pas [...]

    5. Cecily says:

      All stories are about wolves Anything else is sentimental drivel Atwood doesn t write sentimental drivel and I don t read it , and there are several wolves in this stunning book This is my tenth Atwood, and it s even better than any of the others I ve enjoyed The scope and variety of her work is impressive, but here, she accomplishes that within the covers of a single book it should be shelved as historical fiction, memoir, espionage thriller, and sci fi It grabs the reader in the first brief ch [...]

    6. Annet says:

      It s loss and regret and misery and yearn that drive the story forward, along its twisted road , Margaret Atwood towards the end of this book It describes the story of the Blind Assassin, which starts with the famous sentence Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge I m deeply impressed and affected by this book Without a doubt one of the best I ever read I started this book last year, had it on my shelves for a long time already I couldn t really bring myself to st [...]

    7. Jenn(ifer) says:

      Let s forget about the tongue tied lightning.Let s undress just like cross eyed strangers.This is not a joke, so please stop smiling.What was I thinking when I said it didn t hurt I need to stop reading on trains I could feel the tears welling, the water rising, brimming, and then spilling over before anything bad even happened But I could feel it coming And I braced myself for the inevitable Heart break Loss Old age Why can t we start old and get younger Tennyson wrote, tis better to have loved [...]

    8. Marita says:

      Complex, multi layered and skillfully crafted, The Blind Assassin is a worthy winner of the Booker Prize 2000 An unequivocal 5 star rating for what was one of my best reads in 2017 I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Atwood s acerbic wit and subtle satire It became the Man Booker Prize in 2002.

    9. Matthew Quann says:

      The readers from Sakiel Norn, due to their long and drawn out labor, have been known to fall asleep during their readings Though it is not typical of the readers, even their most prolific colleagues would admit to having stolen a few quiet moments of rest in between pages The Blind Assassin, was an exception for one of the readers He dropped the 600 page tomb again and again on his unsuspecting face, rousing himself from a newly established slumber If you haven t gathered, I found this one prett [...]

    10. Ted says:

      4 1 2 starsI can t give the book 5 stars, because I know I will never read it again The story is its own spoiler But until it s done, it s a dark, almost gothic page turner.I usually start my reviews with something about the author, but unusually for me I ve already read three books by this author the dystopian Maddaddam Trilogy Can you blame me for thinking that everyone must know this author, if I ve read four novels by her Of course you can t.First off, this novel is in no way a science ficti [...]

    11. Candi says:

      I wonder which is preferable to walk around all your life swollen up with your own secrets until you burst from the pressure of them, or to have them sucked out of you, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of them, so at the end you re depleted of all that was once as precious to you as hoarded gold, as close to you as your skin everything that was of the deepest importance to you, everything that made you cringe and wish to conceal, everything that belonged to you alone and must spend th [...]

    12. Hugh says:

      I ll start with a bit of personal baggage, because my first exposure to Margaret Atwood s writing was The Handmaid s Tale, which I read when I was young because my parents had a copy That book is probably the best known of her early novels, which does her a disservice, as it seemed one dimensional, humourless and cold though I would almost certainly be charitable if I re read it now This got me thinking about how one s perceptions of a writer can be shaped by how and where we first experience t [...]

    13. Violet wells says:

      First thought was, I think this might have been a really good 350 page novel Unfortunately it s almost twice the size and as cluttered with random detail as an attic In this sense it s a typical Booker Prize winner for me the only time the Booker judges have got even close to being on the money in the past decade is Hilary Mantel.Ostensibly The Blind Assassins tells the story of two sisters and their relationships with two men at either ends of the political spectrum Iris marries the industriali [...]

    14. Fabian says:

      Thick plots are my specialty If you want a thinner kind, look elsewhere 119 Indeed one delves into an Atwood with the thought What effect is she trying to convey always, ALWAYS at the forefront of your mind She is a master magician, one inevitably always needs to see the strings behind her tricks I must say that The Blind Assassin gave me the most comforting and treasured and magnificent shutting up that I could possibly deserve essential lessons you learn all by your itty bitty self The first 4 [...]

    15. BrokenTune says:

      They ache like history things long done with, that still reverberate as pain When the ache is bad enough it keeps me from sleeping Every night I yearn for sleep, I strive for it yet it flutters on ahead of me like a sooty curtain The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000, but please don t hold it against the book, because, apparently, in 2000 the judges got it right.I had long been intrigued by this book because of the cover it looks very stylish but I had no idea what the book would be ab [...]

    16. Darwin8u says:

      This novel is a crazy ice meteor shot through the heart of a Virginia Woolf novel The further you get into it, the your fingers feel every fiber on every rough cut page You don t just begin to smell the book page after page, you almost begin to taste the ink Atwood doesn t write from the head, the crotch or the gut She soul butts you Her words bite and kick your trash on every level.

    17. Alice says:

      Having absolutely loved Atwood s A Handmaid s Tale, I decided to try out The Blind Assassin Verdict It was okay The writing was really great, but everything else kind of bored me the characters, the plot, the novel within the novel within the novel By the time the book worked itself up to its climax, I had long since lost interest I was just trying to plod through and finish the thing At times, I was eager to find out what happened to the blind assassin and the girl without a tongue in the sacr [...]

    18. Catie says:

      This has brought my definition of a five star book into dramatic focus I ve been too free with my stars before this that much is clear All other books must now be compared to this one In a few weeks I may read some other lovely book and I ll think is this a five star book But it probably won t be Not after this.This is the story of two sisters, growing up between world wars, each grasping for a life of her own in a time when women weren t allowed to have one It s the story of two lovers who imag [...]

    19. James says:

      Having recently read and been suitably impressed and enthralled by Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale I approached Atwood s highly recommended and much lauded Blind Assassin with a similarly high level of expectation The Handmaid s Tale had certainly set the bar high and I hoped that Blind Assassin would not disappoint Blind Assassin is clearly a very different kind of book though and occupies an entirely different world to that of Handmaid s Tale and I approached it on that premise In many w [...]

    20. Susan says:

      Writing a novel like The Blind Assassin is so challenging that only a monumentally gifted writer like Margaret Atwood can pull it off Structuring it like those nested Russian dolls, she tucks a science fiction fantasy tale within a sad, mysterious love story Both are then enveloped by a grand narrative of the lives of two sisters from a wealthy Ontario family The Blind Assassin succeeds on all these levels historical fiction, mystery, love story, and fantasy The main story is told in the first p [...]

    21. Jan-Maat says:

      Impressively hefty, but convinces me ultimately that Atwood has written much better books.An elderly woman remembers her life The story flickers between present, past and pulp science fiction view spoiler bah That s just everyday life, you are probably saying hide spoiler.She remembers her lover, a hack writer of pulp science fiction and political radical Her husband, an industrialist with dubious sexual tastes view spoiler ie illegal in many jurisdictions hide spoiler and habits Her sister, art [...]

    22. Glenn Sumi says:

      Okay, I m conflicted about this one.Margaret Atwood is a literary deity I m impressed by the ambition of this big, sprawling novel, surely her most audacious stand alone book I adore the vivid period detail about Toronto, where I live, and the fictional Port Ticonderoga, which feels like a composite of various Southern Ontario towns I ve visited I enjoy how the various elements of the book eventually come together.And yetThere s something contrived and coldly schematic about The Blind Assassin I [...]

    23. Amanda says:

      I have no idea what took me so long to finally read this gem Should have done it years ago It is absolutely brilliant I admit I had my doubts in the first 200 pages or so In fact it was starting to feel like a bit of slog but hold on because things quickly turn around Clues are revealed Events start to make sense and you begin to see Atwood s genius This is a worthy winner of the booker prize and I m so glad I finally read it.

    24. Saleh MoonWalker says:

      Onvan The Blind Assassin Nevisande Margaret Atwood ISBN 1860498809 ISBN13 9781860498800 Dar 637 Safhe Saal e Chap 2000

    25. Kelly says:

      I don t trust the light in this book I don t trust the personnel on the switches I think that most of them came straight from a based on a book by Nicholas Sparks movie set One of the most insightful comments I ever heard about that particular saccharine mini industry was about how the majority of these movies seem to perpetually take place at magic hour That is, the hazy twilight hour which is made even hazy by classic southern settings where the heat shimmers and the light fades in between ho [...]

    26. Bill Khaemba says:

      The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date Otherwise, you begin excusing yourself You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand you must see your left hand erasing it As Promised A full review Exhilarating poignant read, Atwood showcases exuberance and confidence throughout 600 pages and my jaw was always left ajar The ric [...]

    27. Alison says:

      I certainly didn t intend to spend the larger part of my summer getting through The Blind Assassin I can t really put my finger on why this didn t engage me The writing was interesting and brilliant, but the story itself just didn t propel me.There is the story of two sisters growing up in the 1900 s in Toronto Their mother dies at a young age and the tale is of their father trying to raise them with their wise housekeeper s help, his business failings, the World Wars, and the elder sister s arr [...]

    28. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      63 The Blind Assassin, Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin is a novel by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood It was first published by McClelland and Stewart in 2000 Set in Canada, it is narrated from the present day, referring to previous events that span the twentieth century 2007 1382 665 47 41 964311385 1383 1385 1388 9789643113858 20

    29. Apatt says:

      I don t read a lot of lit fic, I m just not wired for it I suppose Margaret Atwood is a rare exception though, because she often wanders into my sci fi neighborhood and generally does a splendid job of it so I wanted to check out her lit fic which I imagine is like a day job for her I chose The Blind Assassin because it won the prestigious Man Booker Prize Man Booker Prize for the year 2000 so I thought I d go for that not that I have ever read any of the past winners.The Blind Assassin basicall [...]

    30. Thodoris Fotoglou says:

      4 82 1916 1945, 2000 .

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