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The Blind Assassin | [Margaret Atwood]

The Blind Assassin

With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.
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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2000

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.

Cover Photograph: Courtesy of © The Advertising Archive, London; ©2000 by O.W. Toad, Ltd.; (P)Random House, Inc. Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Fiction, 2001

"Listeners will find themselves piecing together the clues, guessing at truths, but the rewards are to be found in the layering of details and the skill of the storytelling." (AudioFile)

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 08-15-06
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 08-15-06 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "I love Atwood"

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the narrator was great and the story was engrossing. it seemed a little disjointed at first and I was a bit confused, but after the first 30 minutes I was hooked. I wish there were more Atwood books on audible. I have read many of her books and next to the HandMaids's Tale this is probably my favorite.

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    John Vestavia Hills, AL, USA 11-30-04
    John Vestavia Hills, AL, USA 11-30-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Torn"

    I was expecting a film noire type plot. This was not that type of book. In a way I was disappointed. In another way I have read a book that was able to paint an incredibly dark and descriptive narrative. Dark may not be the best word, shadowy might be better. I don't think this book will be in my top ten list, but is was one of the most memorable, creative, and flowering. I think a female would enjoy this book more than a male. Anyone, however, should like it.

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    "The Blind assassin"

    When you finally finish the book you will say that it is a fine novel. The problem I had with this book was that I had a difficult time wanting to continue. It was a long drawn out story. Was it science fiction? Was it a love story? Was it a mystery? I am not sure. I always ask myself would you go back sometime in the future and listen again. The answer is no.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 02-24-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 02-24-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Great"

    The Blind Assassin was very interesting, well-read - and it holds your attention. I think that in order to catch everything I am going to have to listen to it again, because it is a bit confusing with all the narration going back and forth. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

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    Yvonne cloquet, MN, USA 01-19-04
    Yvonne cloquet, MN, USA 01-19-04
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    "The Blind Assassin"

    I found this book another good example of the author's ability to keep you interested in her writing. After listening to the Handmaiden I began reading as many of her books as possible and found the author to be a wonderful writer. Unlike Danielle Steele I have yet to tire of her.

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    Deborah New York, NY, USA 10-31-06
    Deborah New York, NY, USA 10-31-06
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    "EXCELLENT"

    This was a great story, beautifully written, expertly narrated and very deserving of the award it won.

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    eileen walsh 11-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "It made my ears bleed!"

    I tried so hard to enjoy this piece. It was too long, too drawn out. You got to the point where you didn't care about the characters or their secrets.
    I finally said, "That's it"! I moved on to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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    Sheldon Encinitas, CA, United States 06-02-05
    Sheldon Encinitas, CA, United States 06-02-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Contrived"

    Atwood can write well. In this case, the contrivence of her task becomes a burden that her skill only makes tolerable.
    I trudged through it, hoping that it would turn towards something much more, but in the end, the best compliment that I can give, is it stayed within its bounds - as tiresome as they were.
    I would rather read Proust then Austin here.

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