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Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist Told in a style that magnificently captures the collouialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniuely rewarding experienceIt opens with these simple resonant words Ten days after the war ended my sister drove a car off the bridge They are spoken by Iris whose terse account of her sister Laura's death in 1945 is followed by an inuest 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 industrialistFor the past twenty five years Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination In The Blind Assassin she stretches the limits of her accomplishments as never before creating a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious The Blind Assassin proves once again that Atwood is one of the most talented daring and exciting writers of our time Like The Handmaid's Tale it is destined to become a classic


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  1. 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 you actually might like it Some of it's a bit depressing but there's this very sexy thread where in each episode she meets her lover and they lie in bed together and he tells her this bizarre science fiction story A bit like we're doing now? A bit I like that So what kind of story is it? Well he's a pulp SF writer so it's very pulpy but in a good way There's this planet with three suns and seven moons and deadly mountains haunted by beautiful nude undead women with azure hair and eyes like snake filled pits That does sound sexy I like the snake filled pits too I knew you would And he's telling it in a very clever ironic way and some of the time he's just having fun and some of the time it's sort of about him and her Where does the blind assassin come in? Well in the science fiction story there's this character who's a blind master assassin That's sort of the guy telling the story And he falls in love with this beautiful girl who's supposed to be sacrificed on the altar She's sort of the girl he's telling the story to How could a master assassin be blind? Honestly George don't be so literal about everything Anyway you liked Daredevil didn't you? Okay you got me Carry on Well the science fiction story is the innermost one The guy and the girl are characters in a book that was written by a girl who killed herself by driving off a bridge Why did she kill herself? You don't find out until the end of the book It's a whydunnit You mean there's a plot and everything? Honestly George of course there's a plot There's even a twist Wow Okay so the girl killed herself driving off the bridge? Yes and her sister who's now very old is writing about her and her book and what happened to make her write it And I suppose the book she wrote is about stuff that happened to her and her sister? Could be I don't want to drop too many spoilers I still don't see why it has to be so complicated Well you thought Inception was great didn't you? All those layers? Yeah Okay it's a bit like that It really works But you'd have trouble explaining why to someone who hadn't seen it Mmm Mmm? You know it's Valentine's Day It is Sorry I won't try and sell you any Margaret Atwood for a while George Mmm Mmm Mmm George? Mmm? Were you having a dream? I think so What kind of dream? You had such a funny look on your face A dream inside a dream inside a dream You know I might read that book after all


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    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 main character Iris telling us of the day when her sister Laura drove off a bridge then shifts to Laura's posthumously published novel The Blind Assassin about two unnamed lovers who meet clandestinely and in which the man entertains his lover with pulpy science fiction stories mostly about a blind assassin and a sacrificial virgin who fall in love against all odds Then the story shifts again to Iris who now an old woman recalls her early years and the events leading to Laura's death What is it all about I wondered? Why did Laura die? Why novel within a novel? Who are these secret nameless lovers? I didn't understand the significance of Laura's The Blind Assassin for a while awful sci fi junk and all and yet it turned out to be the most symbolic the most intimate piece of bad fiction I have ever read Atwood always writes about women and this novel is no exception Ultimately The Blind Assassin is a story of two young sisters who were unlucky to be born at a wrong time when women were expected to be wholly satisfied with shiny things and not much else There is plenty of stories that explore submissive status of women in this world the constraints they live under but this one I am sure will stick with me for a long time IDK how she does it but Atwood writes it so well these two girls raised not to be independent who although they are full of life and vigor are locked inside the prison of their own home It doesn't really matter if they dare to escape their golden cages or not They are powerless either outwardly or inwardlyI know I am rambling here I find it difficult to rave and explain what I loved about The Blind Assassin It's just I am so full of feelings right now of understanding and compassion for Iris and Laura's plight of frustration over their weaknesses and pride over their moments of strength Not many books can make me feel so much


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    “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 espionagethriller and sci fi It grabs the reader in the first brief chapter less than three pages which would work as a short story so much is implied but so little stated you can’t help but read on eagerly This also sets a pattern of foreshadowing you know many key events long before they “happen” but have to wait and think to find out how and whyThe pacing is perfect too I guessed some crucial elements well before they were revealed but there was enticing uncertainty and always another conundrum in the pipeline This creates a pleasing balance between pride and doubt in the reader Matryoshka – stories within storiesThe analogy with a nest of Russian dolls applies far to this than David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas The different layers constantly switch but it’s never confusing1 Iris the narrator is an elderly woman describing her daily life with a backdrop of weather seasons and fear of losing independence It's painfully poignant lightened with waspish and often self deprecating humour2 Iris also tells the story of her life and that of her sister Laura from childhood to the “present” day with a backdrop of two world wars the Depression and politicalunion unrest Born to wealth and respectability but lacking parental love their lives – and relationship with each other take many turns This is the main bulk of the story historical fiction sweeping most of the 20th century set in SE Canada 3 As a young woman Laura drives off a bridge not a spoiler; it’s in the first sentence of the book and a few years later after going through Laura’s papers Iris publishes her novel “Blind Assassin” excerpts of which are in this book of the same name It’s the story of a pair of covert lovers each with secrets and something to lose He is short of money constantly on the move Clandestine meetings in a series of seedy bedsits and borrowed rooms are hard to arrange The vague politics of this overlap with the specific labour unrest in the main story 4 Within that novel the nameless man a writer of pulp sci fi tells stories of planet Zyrcon to the nameless woman The title of both books comes from the fact that slave children are trained to create beautiful carpets – to the point at which they go blind Some then go into the sex trade and some become assassins This then is a pastiche of a lowbrow genre rather than the speculative fiction Atwood often writes and is meant to echo the politics of its fictional author are you still following this?5 The world of Zyrcon has its own myths some of which are told There are parallels with ancient cultures on Earth In addition there are occasional newspaper reports and the odd letter from a school or doctorThis is a brave format that could alienate readers who like one stylegenre and dislike another but I think it worked very well in part because most chapters are short so you never feel trapped in a style that is not your favourite I paid a little less attention to the details of what happened on Zycron but that was mainly because I was so anxious to know what happened to Iris and Laura On a reread I would study Zycron closely to see the parallels with the stories around it I made a similar mistake with the historical chapters of people and gods coming to America in Gaiman's American Gods which I reviewed HEREWarning to Apatt Some of the sections use uotation marks and some don’t it didn’t bother me thoughThe TitleThe title clearly refers to the novel within the novel of that name and which features assassins who are literally blind However there are other characters in the real stories who could be classed as such in a metaphorical sense Few characters are troubled by guilt though Aging IrisIris is a wonderful creation old cranky lonely feisty sharp and something of an outsider all her life even from her own family She grudgingly accepts a modicum of help from Myra and Walter “I am what makes her so good in the eyes of others”; Iris carries her laundry like Little Red Riding Hood “except that I myself am Granny and I contain my own bad wolf” Nevertheless she resists as much as she can while painfully noting the effects of time on her body“I feel like a letter – deposited here collected there But a letter addressed to no one”“I yearn for sleep yet it flutters ahead of me like a sooty curtain”“After having imposed itself on us like the egomaniac it is the body’s final trick is simply to absent itself”For all that Iris cultivates curmudgeonliness it’s largely a carapace and sometimes for entertainment sarcastic letters to fans of The Blind Assassin wanting to interview her about Laura; the really nasty piece of work is her arriviste sister in law Winifred Youthful LauraLaura doesn’t live to be old She’s an enigma as a child and so after death – to Iris and the reader “Nothing is difficult than to understand the dead Nothing is dangerous than to ignore them”Iris assembles a series of impressions but you can never uite grasp her – which is entirely appropriate Laura was “interested in forms” and “wanted essences” but not in facts and logic – and yet she was a literalist with “a heightened capacity for belief” “Being Laura was like being tone deaf the music played and you heard something but it wasn’t what everyone else heard”She was “too cozy with strangers It wasn’t that she flouted rules she simply forgot about them” Hence she “had only the haziest notions of ownership” She “was not selfless she was skinless” Unlike Iris she had the courage of her decidedly odd convictions and didn’t care what other people thought Sisters sharingThere is an essay to be written on what Laura and Iris share and what they don't It's not just the obvious things Class Winifred and RichardSnobbery especially looking down on new money is not just a British ailment Iris and Laura were the granddaughters of a wealthy industrialist who married above himself gaining respectability for the family Iris’s husband Richard is very new money His ghastly sister runs his life as well as lots of charity committees and then moulds and controls young newlywed Iris “Her teaching method was one of hint suggestion” So “I seemed to myself erased featureless like an avalanche of used soap or the moon on the wane” As Iris matures she increasingly sees through this and resists or retaliates and of course she’s telling it with the wisdom of old age It’s amusingly but painfully catty “You could be charming with a little effort”“Avilion the family home had once had an air of stability that amounted to intransigence” but after Winifred and Richard refurbish it “it no longer had the courage of its pretensions” Overdoing it somewhat Atwood adds between those two phrases “a large dumpy boulder plunked sic down in the stream of time refusing to be moved for anybody – but now it was dog eared apologetic as if it were about to collapse in on itself”Richard is a shadowy in every sense figure – something IrisAtwood acknowledges “As the days went by I felt I knew Richard less and less I myself however was taking shape – the shape intended for me by him coloured in” Later “I’ve failed to convey Richard in any rounded sense He’s blurred like the face in some wet discarded newspaper”In their marriage “Placidity and order with a decorous and sanctioned violence underneath” because he “preferred conuest to cooperation in every area of life” Chillingly “It was remarkable how easily I bruised said Richard smiling”Classless?Alex Thomas is classless his background even if you believe his own account child refugee of unknown family gives no clue That might enable him to fit in anywhere but really he's alien everywhere not in a literal lizardy sense GreenIn The Handmaid’s Tale red is a recurring colour Here it’s green often for clothing and occasionally in conjunction with the colour watermelon However the symbolism isn’t as clear here as in Handmaid; it’s usually related to coldness rather than jealousy A few examples out of than twenty• “Her slip is the chill green of shore ice broken ice”• “Sober colours hospital corridor green” Laura’s typical attire• Richard chose an emerald engagement ring though his sister Winifred overruled that so he proffered a diamond• Just before a tornado “the sky had turned a baleful shade of green”• A bombe desert at dinner was “bright green” and honeymoon salad “tasted like pale green water Like frost”uotes – truth secrets memory writingAfter years of negligible education the girls have a fierce new tutor “We did learn in a spirit of vengefulness What we really learned from him was how to cheat” as well as “silent resistance and not getting caught” Useful skills• “It’s not the lying that counts it’s evading the necessity for it”• “The best way to keep a secret is to pretend there isn’t one”• Secret lovers “proclaiming love withholding the particulars”• “It was an effort for me now to recall the details of my grief – the exact forms it had taken – although at will I could summon up an echo of it”• “Is what I remember the same things as what actually happened?”• “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read not even by yourself”• Looking back at her wedding photo “I don’t recall having been present I and the girl in the picture have ceased to be the same person I am her outcome I can see her but she can’t see me”uotes – weather seasons nature• “The light like melted butter trees with exhausted leaves”• In a park “disregarded corners leggy dandelions stretching towards the light”• “Light filtered through the net curtain hanging suspended in the air sediment in a pond”• When hot and humid “The words I write feather at the edges like lipstick on an aging mouth”• “The sky was a hazy grey the sun low in the sky a wan pinkish colour like fish blood Icicles as if suspended in the act of falling”• “Wild geese creaking like anguished hinges”• “Grudging intimations of spring”uotes other• “Only the blind are free” A blind assassin “sees through the girl’s clothing with the inner eye that is the bliss of solitude”• “There’s nothing like a shovelful of dirt to encourage literacy” I guess EL James proves that • Tourist trinkets “History was never this winsome and especially not this clean”• “The other side of selflessness is tyranny” and “He can’t have found living with her forgiveness all that easy”• The mother of a difficult baby “lost altitude lost resilience” so the sibling found “silence helpfulness the only way to fit in”• “She has a soft dense mouth like a waterlogged velvet cushion and tapered fingers deft as a fish”• “Children believe that everything bad that happens is their faultbut they also believe in happy endings”• “Dowdy to the point of pain”• “A black dress simply cut but voraciously elegant”• “Beginnings are sudden but also insidious They creep up on you sideways they keep to the shadows they lurk unrecognized Then later they spring”• On a virgin’s bed “The arctic waste of starched white bedsheet stretched out to infinity”• “Touch comes before speech It is the first language and the last and it always tells the truth”• A flashy lawyer's office has “an abstract painting compose of pricey smudges they bill by the minute just like the cheaper whores”• Shaving and plucking to create “A topography like wet clay a surface the hands would glide over”• Downtrodden people are “Broken verbs”• The kettle “began its lullaby of steam”• In a seedy hotel “wallpaper no longer any colour”• “He killed things by chewing off their roots”• “Unshed tears can turn you rancid”


  4. says:

    “The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one” Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin is a fascinating and compelling read There are so many seemingly competing stories which add to the complexity of the narrator and her life They are also next to impossible to fully understand without the rest of the stories as strange and disjointed as they sometimes appear The result is that the reader stays somewhat lost until all the pieces fall into place The novel begins with the death apparently suicide of the narrator's sister This beginning section is engaging; however the payoff for following all the story's threads comes much later in the narrative By about the final 100 pages I was savoring the experience of discovery how each story had always been purposeful and relevant all along I'm a big fan of Margaret Atwood's works but this is very different than anything I'd read before like Handmaid's Tale or Oryx Crake 45 stars rounded up Very worthwhile


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    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 dryly 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 pastiche of golden era science fantasy tales featuring mute sacrificial victims blind child assassins erotic peach women deadly lizard men but despite those paths to enjoyment each narrative strand is based in despair in missed opportunities in moribund ritual in the end of things there is no wish fulfillment available on any level and the novel's main mystery although surprising and having a revenge filled punch at the end is still such a sad one to contemplate motivations are revealed characters you thought you knew become transformed reversals of fortune happen in the space of a paragraph and yet what i was left with by the end was a sadness at recognizing the impossibility of true happiness true love true fulfillment well at least in the world of Blind Assassinthe novel is bleak and yet it is beautiful as well and truly compassionate towards the two women at its heart the writing itself is in a word awesome i'm not sure there is an English language writer living who can construct so many artful evocative poetic passages without sliding into over writing time and again i would stop to re read a phrase or a paragraph just to enjoy the beauty and depth of what was written nor does Blind Assassin beat the reader down with despair; much of the time i was so absorbed with the careful description of life in port ticonderoga between the wars and with enormously well developed characters that i was able to not feel as if i was in a boat slowly drifting towards a waterfall but in the end that waterfall was there and the characters and the reader all eventually tumble over such as sad experienceONLY SPOILERS AHEADpoor laura chase the secret and tragic hero of Blind Assassin a fascinating frustrating character by the end her motivations revealed it all made so much sense not a temptress neither vindictive nor vacant but simply a person out of place and out of her time her motivation to do good to understand God to live for herself to not live in a world of deceit or corruption i fell in love with her a little bit but really she's too deep for me too strange toonot for this worldiris griffen i was reminded of many things when trying to understand her character the tunnel vision of those madly in love their inability to recognize the thoughts and feelings of others; the frustrating blankness of those who let life carry them along the placidity that may appear to conceal depth but often is only a symptom of disengagement; and the potential villainy of that passivity that blankness this is a woman who thoughtlessly destroys her sister's reason for living who does nothing when that sister is carted off to an asylum who rejects the obvious need for love from her daughter who lets her daughter and granddaughter get carted away from her whose primary attribute is inaction until she is at long last able to engage in some good old fashioned revenge Blind Assassin has a pair of truly repulsive villains but the the reader is not allowed to see inside of them their motivations remain both shallow and shadowy but iris griffen is the real deal a character whose motivations the reader comes to understand a person whose yearning for love and for redemption and for independence is expressed in no uncertain terms a woman who is rendered so three dimensionally that the reader comes to understand almost every part of her a villain whose passivity allows the destruction of those she should protect


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    Dynastic MisfortuneThat strip of Canada from the Niagara River to Lake St Clair along the northern shore and hinterland of Lake Erie is a very peculiar place Culturally it is best defined in negative terms it is not the United States of those coarse and tasteless Yankees and it is not French speaking as are their eually coarse and tasteless neighbours in uebec Geographically I suppose it might be called lower rather than Southern Ontario suggesting a certain psychic distance from the national capital in Ottawa and an obsessive concern about ‘leakage’ of population from the multiplying Catholic hordes in Lower Canada which is in fact ‘Upper’ Historically it was settled by American Anglican Loyalists fleeing retribution in their old homeland and until after WW II mostly by British and Irish fleeing theirs Socially it was perhaps one of the most class ridden politically manipulated and snobbish places on the planet at least until Canada itself became highly cosmopolitanAtwood combines all this to make that strip of land her principal character in The Blind Assassin Using a combination of fictional press reports conventional third party narration and first person uasi memoir along with an accumulating internal allegory she diffuses the book’s point of view into a sort of literary montage of the place itself The narrative line is the saga of the prominent Chase family over the hundred years from the 1890’s its rise and fall and ultimate disintegration But none of the family members is nearly as interesting as the cultural and political background in which they act and within which they are effectively trappedThe inhabitants of this land are like the Boers of South Africa They came to dominance on the principle that might makes right and stay in power by treating it as a divine command One way or another all the members of the Chase family are sacrificed materially and spiritually to the Gods of Power family reputation patriarchal will a provincial ideal of aristocracy subtle racism less subtle misogyny and a superstitious morality provided by the least educated but paradoxically most influential members of the community They look on these things as values things to be protected and preserved They are in fact uasi genetic defects that are passed along to their children and ensure their inability to find satisfaction in that land or any other As with the Boers these people enact and execute a self imposed death sentence an example of which opens the bookOn the face of it there is no reason to think that this fertile but otherwise rather nondescript piece of real estate in which nothing of world historical significance has taken place except perhaps the US retaliatory invasion and burning of York later Toronto during the War of 1812 might provide the substance for a longish novel of intricate family history But it works in the same way for example that the television series Dallas works to make Eastern Texas interesting One can’t help but be drawn into Schadenfreude by the obvious hypocrisy betrayals and machinations of each generation What Atwood reveals about the region’s culture is not its hidden depths but rather its secret shallowness The waste of human effort and talent in maintaining itself is enormous But these things are captivating perhaps even titilating Because Atwood only does the slowest of reveals the reader is forced to pay attention to details as if the book were a murder mystery which in a way is exactly what it is


  7. 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 start on it but I am a big fan of the apocalyptic books of Atwood and really thought I should do this I started and a couple hundred pages in I stopped in October and resumed the book in January Don’t uite know why It’s not an easy to read book It takes all your attention effort energy You need to stay alert No easy reading here And the book deserves all that attention Because every sentence description character is interesting the story is so beautifully written I just needed a break I guess Without getting into detail because that would soon mean spoiling It’s a dramatic mysterious story and you keep wondering who is who what am I missing who did what in the end it all fell into place for me I think I absolutely loved the story telling of Iris the sister of Laura Iris an old lady now tells the story of her family her father her sister Laura her political and unloving husband Richard and gruesome sister in law Winifred It’s a story of tragedy love guilt power and powerlessness Iris’ stories are personal sad guilt felt but also sharp cynic humorous Her observations witty About her husband ‘He was putting on weight he was eating out a lot; he was making speeches at clubs at weighty gatherings Ponderous gatherings at which weighty substantial men met and pondered because everyone suspected it there was heavy weather ahead All that speechmaking can bloat a man up I’ve watched the process many times now It’s those kinds of words the kind they use in speeches They have a fermenting effect on the brain’ The scenes for example where she sits in the toilet of the doughnut shop to read the new sentences added to the toilet door are great little scenes ‘The newest message was in gold marker You can’t get to heaven without Jesus Already the annotators had been at work Jesus had been crossed out and Death written above it in black And below that in green Heaven is in a grain of sand Blake’ Her stories are alternated by chapters called ‘The Blind Assassin’ of a man and woman meeting each other secretly in sleezy places having an affair obviously who are they? And always accompanied by a science fiction type story about the planet Zycron and the city Sakiel Norn a story that the man tells the woman in parts I took the last part of the book in stages of 30 50 pages slowly reading on and taking everything in I don’t know uite what to say any I will be thinking a lot about this impressive story For those who find it hard to get through the start do keep at it it’s worth it Truly a grand book


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    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 uiet 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 pretty slowAfter Oryx Crake became one of my all time favorite sci fi novels early in my university days I was disappointed by both follow up instalments in the Maddadam trilogy So I took a break from Atwood but fully intended to return to her prolific back catalogue The Blind Assassin seemed like the ideal next step sci fi mysterious family dealings AND a Booker Prize Winner? It had all the makings of a novel I’d enjoyButWell it isn’t bad that’s for sure I’ll spare you a synopsis that you can find it easily in any of the other reviews and instead tell you that the book’s structure ticks along like fine clockwork Iris’ present day recounting is contrasted with the installments in the book within the book the eponymous The Blind Assassin and newspaper clippings It all does come together neatly but messily for the characters Both the story in the present and that in the past compliment one another and influenced my interpretation of one another ButMan is it ever slow I’ll admit to having read a lot of shorter novels lately and I first wracked up The Blind Assassin’s slow opening to my relative naiveté with larger undertakings Yet by the time I was 200 pages deep it was obvious that the speed Atwood set was what could be expected for the duration of the journey There are passages here that are extremely strong Some resonated with me deeply or provided a profound point that stuck with me after I put the book back down But there’s so much writing that seemed superfluous and some sentences seem designed by thesauruses they are so stiffly constructed Atwood’s writing is generally strong throughout but she indulges in some stuffy writing that absolutely detracted from my reading experience Of course what’s the good in the writing if the story isn’t any good? After having completed the novel the story is definitely a good one The concept is solid the characters have strong motivations and though I saw a lot of the ending twist coming Atwood pulls it off in the final 100 pages with such style that I didn’t mind that I’d already figured it out ButThe novel is overblown and could have accomplished all it did a good 100 to 150 pages lighter There are so many passages that seem like they could have been snipped away by a keen eyed editor and I would have been none the wiser The girls’ childhood story goes on a bit too long and the story doesn’t really start to become engaging until Iris is married off into a nest of vipers that comprise two particularly heinous villains The last 100 pages move uickly and are easily the most gripping in the novel The story reaches a tragic climax that pulls on what has come before but also exposes what was not essential to the story My reading experience of Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin is well summed up by the following uote from the novelBut in life a tragedy is not one long scream It includes everything that up to it Hour after trivial hour day after day year after year and then the sudden moment” Margaret Atwood The Blind AssassinIt’s sort of a shame to admit but in reading The Blind Assassin I felt that I got all of the monotonous lead up that took a bit of the impact out of the novel’s “sudden moment” This is a slow and ponderous read though I can’t say I regret reading it The ending is uite good and I really did enjoy Atwood’s meticulously designed story structure For all of you who have enjoyed the book I can totally see where you’re coming from Unfortunately The Blind Assassin just never clicked with me in the way I expected So all in all a book that I thought was good but also one that I felt moved too slowly for its own good


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    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 centuryآدمکش کور مارگارت آتوود ققنوس ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه نوامبر سال 2007 میلادیعنوان آدمکش کور؛ نویسنده مارگارت آتوود؛ مترجم شهین آسایش؛تهران، ققنوس؛ 1382؛ در 665 ص؛ فروست ادبیات جهان 47؛ رمان 41؛ شابک ایکس 964311385؛ چاپ دوم 1383؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ شابک 9789643113858؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20 مآدمکش کور، داستانی «سوررئالیستی» است، و برنده­ ی جایزه­ ی «بوکر»، در سال دوهزار میلادی، دو بازگویی جدا از هم است یکی عشق دختر و پسری ست، که پسر در قرارهای عاشقانه، برای دختر داستانی تخیلی می­گوید در داستان دیگر، پیرزنی به نام «ایریس»، شرح زندگی خود، و خواهرش «لورا» را، می­نویسد دو داستان در پایان به هم می­پیوندند «لورا»، خواهر کوچکتر، دختری عجیب و حساس، و «ایریس» مسئولیت پذیر است او برای نجات خانواده، فداکاری کرده، و همسر مردی ثروتمند، و هوس­باز می­شود در پایان داستان درمی­یابد، باج اصلی چه بوده، و چگونه پرداخته شده است بچه­ ها فکر می­کنند هر رخداد بدی که رخ مینماید، تقصیر آنهاست ا شربیانی