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“A truly fantastic book -- Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this one? I love Atwood, but I have never been more impressed with her talent than I was while reading TBA.
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“I normally love Atwood's writing, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book. I actually ended up abandoning the book, which is rare for me. Maybe I'll try it again in the future. I may have been in the wrong state of mind for the book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“3rd thur book club”judy w wrote this review Friday, November 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Excellent fictive memoir set against the backdrop of the twentieth century and how it impacted a Canadian industrialist family. Book-within-book form works pretty well, although naturally a little puzzling early on. Very strong and dryly humorous narrative voice in the form of the elderly Iris Chase. I like how Iris is thoroughly bourgeois in outlook and perhaps not a completely reliable or morally consistent narrator. ”bibliotechno wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bought this in hardback when it came out, but I didn't really like it the first time through. I think I should give it another try. I love Atwood's writing, and have enjoyed some of her other books. ”Susan B wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read it again this year. Even better.”wondrous strange wrote this review Thursday, August 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - Excellent
Listed in the 1001 books you must read before you die http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die
Listed in The Guardian's 1000 best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction
I think the world must be made up of folk that either love Margaret Atwood's books or hate them. So many people told me that they'd tried and failed with this book and yet I found it compelling.
This is the story of Iris and Laura Chase, born at a time when the world was changing, when young men went to war and either never returned or were never the same again. The girls are born into a rarified and privileged life, but not untouched by sadness and tragedy.
Their life is told in three ways: Iris' memories written as an old lady looking back; through various newspaper clippings recounting notable family events and through Laura's book: The Blind Assassin.
At first this is very confusing, the narrative skips between the three strands and also forwards and back in time, but quickly you become accustomed to it and then start to wonder.... Who is the woman in Laura's book? Is it her imagination or based on real events? What is going to happen to bring about the tragedies we know are in front of them?
While nothing particularly momentous happens to them, you find you want to know what is going on and what is going to happen to all the various characters.
One thing: I had a scan through the Amazon reviews & a number of reviewers mentioned the twists and unexepected ending. Sorry, I thought it was pretty clear. by the last couple of chapters, what was going to happen. Still, an excellent book and one I think I need to keep and re-read. I wonder if second time through I'll spot things that didn't seem significant first time through?
No doubt, my thoughts on this are going to change. I'm going to see Margaret Atwood talk about this book during the BookFest and I'll probably find that I've got it all wrong!!”
“Slow it might have been in the beginning, but the end made it all worth it.”The Shelf wrote this review Friday, June 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never finished...”Ms. Minges wrote this review Friday, May 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I used to love Margaret Atwood's books. This one started out well, but she lost her way halfway through. It was painful to finish it. I don't know why it won the Booker prize.”John wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm about to make a very bold statement: I think this is the best book I've ever read. EVER.
Have you ever seen The Neverending Story? I was the kid, this was the book. I kept hearing "it's 2 stories in 1!" But for me, there was more like 10 stories. I was submerged, enthralled, surrounded by The Blind Assassin.
I can't imagine reading another book, ever, for the rest of my life.”