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The Blind Assassin New Ed Edition, Kindle Edition
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'Brilliant ... Opulent ... Atwood is a poet ... as well as a contriver of fiction, and scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work, adding to a picture that becomes enormous.' (The New Yorker)
'Margaret Atwood is one of the most brilliant and unpredictable novelists alive.' (Literary Review)
'Atwood has never written with more flair and versatility than in this multidimensional novel. Adding sardonic wit and characterisation that takes you into the ambivalent intricacies of a personality, this is a novel of extraordinary variety and reach. A brilliant accomplishment.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B002TZ3DC6
- Publisher : Virago; New Ed edition (3 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 787 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 650 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 88,655 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing is exquisite, each detail and description thoughtful and showing the fertility of Atwood’s imagination.
Iris Chase is remembering her sister Laura’s mysterious death, 50 years after the event. I loved Iris’s voice. Her dry humour and way of commenting on her life both now and in the past was amusing and entertaining to read.
Set against the backdrop of 20th century social history this is the story of two sisters, their secrets and is fascinating throughout.
Being a Booker Prize winner it doesn’t need me to recommend it but I do because it was recommended to me and I’m thankful for that.
I have read several novels by this author and enjoyed them very much so was disappointed I found this one so difficult.
The main problem is the confusion that she seems to be determined to display throughout the book, the story winds around the assassin through the news reports and an elderly lady looking back over her life.
The book seems to be overlong although I think there is a great story in there if you can put aside all the extraneous detail and unnecessary complications. I think that Margaret Attwood needed a stronger editor while she was working on this book.
On a more positive note, the writing itself is beautiful and it's worth trying to read the book for that alone but make sure you've got plenty of time.