The Blind Assassin
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“Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” These words are spoken by Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. Iris recalls her far from exemplary life, and the events leading up to her sister’s death, gradually revealing the carefully guarded Chase family secrets. Among these is “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, it was a pulp fantasy improvised by two unnamed lovers who meet secretly in rented rooms and seedy cafés. As this novel-within-a-novel twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real narrative, as both move closer to war and catastrophe. Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning sensation combines elements of gothic drama, romantic suspense, and science fiction fantasy in a spellbinding tale.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Best of Atwood
Personally, this was a great read and my favroute of Atwoods to date. I felt like I was taken back to an era before my time where romance and longing meant something, but so too did the "rules" of life that had the potential to limit love. It is a story I am eager to read again later in life. I have a feeling it will mean something different to me when I am older.
One of Atwood's Best Novels
One of my favourite novels of all time. Also loved Alias Grace -Margaret Atwood is an amazing storyteller.
It is a beautifully written story about love, loss of family, death, morality and redemption. I could not put the book down. I was so impassioned with the main character, I mourned her losses and celebrated her achievements. One of the most endearing parts of the book were the Canadian historical references.