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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.
The story is not easy to get into at first, but her prose is so beautiful I find myself reading certain passages over and over again.Published 12 days ago by dancing chica
This novel is widely acknowledged to be Atwood’s tour-de-force that won her the Booker Prize in 2000, although her previous works had enjoyed phenomenal success, culminating with... Read morePublished 19 days ago by J. Ang
I adore Margaret Atwood's style of writing, choice of words, and story plot. I couldn't put this book down !Published 28 days ago by Kathleen Stuart
My sister recommended Margaret Atwood to me. She loves her books. I couldn't get past chapter 2. Very s l o w -- much too much detail for mePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Atwood, Margaret. The Blind Assassin.
Prepare yourself for 4 novels in one: the novel Atwood writes, the memoir the character Iris Chase writes, the roman a clef her sister... Read more
The skipping around was hard to follow at first, but sticking to it was worth the effort.Published 1 month ago by Ralph W. McCann