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ISBN13: 9780771008634
ISBN10: 0771008635
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“Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” Thus begins The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood’s internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning novel. Laura Chase’s older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by her once-prosperous family before the First World War. While coping with her now unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, leading up to the events surrounding her sister’s tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of “The Blind Assassin,” a novel that earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety, but also a devoted cult following.

Sexually explicit for its time, “The Blind Assassin” describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a left-leaning man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms and seedy cafés, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on the Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one, as events in both move closer to war and catastrophe.

Told by Iris Chase Griffen, The Blind Assassin has the sweep of an epic and the intimate focus of a family drama. By turns lyrical, outrageous, compelling, and funny, this spellbinding novel is at once infused with deep humour and undercurrents of darkness. It is Margaret Atwood at her breathtaking best, and confirms her status as one of the world’s preeminent novelists.

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The Blind Assassin is the kind of story so full of intrigue and desperation that you take it to bed with you simply because you can’t bear to put it down.…It’s one thing to write an accomplished novel; it’s another entirely to spin a tale so brilliantly that the reader internalizes it.” Harper’s Bazaar

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“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 was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. She is the author of more than thirty books – novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood’s work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat's Eye – both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize. She is the recipient of numerous honors, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

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elpunko, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by elpunko)
This is very difficult what I am about to do. I really want to plug this book,so other people will pick it up and love as much as I do. I don't know how to categorize it,much less what to put in this review.
Here goes nothing.
When I first saw this book a few years ago in Wal-Mart, I immediately wrote it off as "chick lit." Mostly, because of the flapper girl on the cover. Then about a month ago, I saw her again looking at me straight in the eye, at the library. So I gave her a second chance.
As as I read the first sentence, I realized I had stumbled into something special.
The book is divided into two separate stories, part science fiction/love story & part sprawling epic spanning over fifty years.
The first story is told by an 83 year old woman, Iris Chase Griffin.She has lived an extraordinary life like marrying a business tycoon really young and sailing all around the world with him on the maiden voyage of The Queen Mary cruise liner ship in the thirties. But there also a lot of tragedies that occur in her life as well.
She is writing her memoirs for her estranged granddaughter,Sabrina that her drug addicted daughter and evil sister-in-law never let her see. Iris has kept tabs on Sabrina and knows all about her. She also knows with her heart condition this is her final chance to set the records straight for her granddaughter and let her know how special she was to Iris even thought have never really talked.

The other story is science fiction/love saga supposedly written by Iris's obnoxious ,irrepressible kid -sister Laura, which was published after she died in a freak car accident. The novel was called "The Blind Assassin". It is about these two unnamed lovers, that meet in secret and drink, make love and tell goofy science fiction stories to each other.
One of them ties in perfectly with Iris's story on many levels, and other one is a really silly comic book one about alien women who grow on trees and laugh and agree with whatever the men say, and satisfy every desire they want every minute of the day. But soon the men realize that this gets kind of boring after a while.

The Blind Assassin was my favorite part because it reminds of me of a graphic novel. I like that the author interspersed the stories together. It kept me craving more information from Iris's true story and the Blind Assassin gave me a break from Iris. She was a decent narrator. But she is a total snob at times, and has this very annoying "victim complex" that she carried around with her into her old age.

The one big complaint I have is that there too many characters and things going at the same time and it makes parts of this book extremely hard to shovel through. (The parts where Iris blathers on and on about her entire family tree for at least fifty pages are a good example of what I am talking about)It was instances like this when I wanted to put the book down, but I kept reading it to see what happened in the end and it was rewarding and well worth it.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771008634
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
Toronto, Ont.
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Women novelists
Subject:
Aged women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Older women
Series Volume:
GTR-114
Publication Date:
c2000
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Pages:
521 p.
Dimensions:
9.56x6.69x1.69 in. 2.15 lbs.

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Product details 521 p. pages Random House - English 9780771008634 Reviews:
"Review" by , The Blind Assassin is the kind of story so full of intrigue and desperation that you take it to bed with you simply because you can’t bear to put it down.…It’s one thing to write an accomplished novel; it’s another entirely to spin a tale so brilliantly that the reader internalizes it.”
"Review" by , “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.”
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