For the past 25 years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishment as never before, creating a novel that is both entertaining and profoundly serious.
The novel opens with these simple resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as you expect 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 you 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 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, you will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be - but is, in fact, much more.
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Von Amazon Customer Am hilfreichsten 27.05.2017
Excellent story and accurate presentation!
I use this as bedtime story and it realm brought me to the distant land and entangled past. Despite her self-defense and deliberate reinterpretation of the past, I still love Iris and all her vulnerability and flaws and regrets...
Von Lenka Bauerova Am hilfreichsten 07.02.2011
The Blind Assassin
The book is perfect! But the technical quality of it is rather bad, I am sorry to say. At first I was disappointed because I could not get used to the sound quality and the plot seamed too complicated to me, but very soon I began to be fascinated and just could not stop listening.