The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2000-09-05
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 114 Ratings)

Book Details 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. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.

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  • A Tour de Force of the 20th Century

    By Dwardeng
    Buckle yourself in before reading this one. Alternate storylines, flashbacks, reality vs. unreality, manipulation, human folly and more. Sometimes I think Marg comes from another planet, but no, she's just a great writer from Canada.
  • Wow in a good way

    By Racniccha
    Enormity of the plot is not obvious until the end, at which point, you will re-read parts and see the intelligently-placed subtle and direct clues which are sometimes a single word
  • Essential

    By Billy from space
    One of the best works of fiction in the English language. Indispensable.

    By Winnenrosie
    The story goes on and on and gets no where. The writing is very good but the plot is a dud.