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What had she been thinking of as the car sailed off the bridge, then hung suspended in the afternoon sunlight, glinting like a dragonfly, for that one instant of held breath before the plummet? Of Alex, of Richard, of bad faith, of our father and his wreckage; of God, perhaps, and her fatal, triangular bargain.Meanwhile, Atwood immediately launches into an excerpt from Laura Chase's novel, The Blind Assassin, posthumously published in 1947. In this double-decker concoction, a wealthy woman dabbles in blue-collar passion, even as her lover regales her with a series of science-fictional parables. Complicated? You bet. But the author puts all this variegation to good use, taking expert measure of our capacity for self-delusion and complicity, not to mention desolation. Almost everybody in her sprawling narrative manages to--or prefers to--overlook what's in plain sight. And memory isn't much of a salve either, as Iris points out: "Nothing is more difficult than to understand the dead, I've found; but nothing is more dangerous than to ignore them." Yet Atwood never succumbs to postmodern cynicism, or modish contempt for her characters. On the contrary, she's capable of great tenderness, and as we immerse ourselves in Iris's spliced-in memoir, it's clear that this buttoned-up socialite has been anything but blind to the chaos surrounding her. --Darya Silver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Margaret Atwood has created another complex but brilliant tale in The Blind Assassin. I read this book a few years ago and the tale still lingers. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Elizabeth
A very interesting decision to juxtapose two different stories running simultaneously. It definitely causes one to think, and the central story is both intriguing and entertaining. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T-Bird
A tad slow towards the beginning, but what seems dry or odd gets engrossing over time-- who would have thought that wealthy Canadians from the early 20th century lived such... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel W Herskee
In the case of The Blind Assassin, the left hand instinctively knows what the right hand is doing. There is an unbreakable bond between sisters, Iris Griffen and Laura Chase, even... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia M. Desrochers
It's 3 stories in one. Beautifully crafted novel that intertwines the story of Iris & Laura growing up sheltered before & during the great depression, and how their lives changed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Bryant
Just didn't enjoy. Read until the end as there were three stories in one and I really liked the characters in one of them.Published 2 months ago by Nancy Geiger