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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.
Having read the MaddAddam trilogy and The Handmaid's Tale I was excited to read another Margaret Atwood book, as she's quickly become one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 12 days ago by alrigby24
This book I almost gave up on. Although beautifully written, I was having trouble understanding the Blind Assassin portion and how it relates to the rest of the book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Tim Yandel
Love Margaret Atwood but this book bored me Friends in book club recommended it but hard as I tried, it just wasn't engaging on any level. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jean
Beautifully plotted and written with Ms Atwood's dense, literary style. A reader of her fiction will recognize familiar tropes, as they now call what were once objective... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet M. Taliaferro
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 2 months 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 3 months ago by T-Bird