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ISBN13: 9780385475723
ISBN10: 0385475721
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Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.

For 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 novel 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 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.

Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, readers will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be — but, in fact, much more.

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.

Review:

“Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest writers alive.…A novel of luminous prose, scalpel-precise insights and fierce characters.…[The Blind Assassin] is so assured, so elegant and so incandescently intelligent, she casts her contemporaries in the shade.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent work includes the novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.

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Dorian, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Dorian)
This book has an interesting and unique plot line. It offers otherworldly excitement and imagination combined with a thought provoking look at family and aging.
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Michelle St. James, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle St. James)
One of the most engrossing books I have ever read. Also one of the most complicated, with its story within a story within a story, I loved every moment of reading this marvelous book. No one paints word pictures like Atwood and few tackle head-on the subjects she does with such passion and grace.
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Kathryn Lopresti, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Kathryn Lopresti)
An older woman recounts the life and times of her once prosperous family while she explains the story behind her sister's death. Atwood's story has everything: bits of sci-fi, mystery, history, love story. While the narrator tells her story, she lists her regrets, but the story is ultimately hopeful and beautifully told.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385475723
Author:
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
Publisher:
Nan A. Talese
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st ed. in the U.S.A.
Series Volume:
80-2000
Publication Date:
20000905
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.56x6.68x1.63 in. 1.98 lbs.

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