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The Blind Assassin: A Novel
by Margaret Atwood

Published: 2001-08-28
Paperback : 521 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious ...
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.

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  "The Blind Assassin "by pwjenks (see profile) 07/01/15

People either loved or hated this book.....a great
discussion book!

 
  "completely satisfying"by dwhitesell (see profile) 10/15/10

 
  "The Blind Assassin"by kristilee (see profile) 10/09/10

One of the best novels I've ever read! It's challenging to read but most great literature is. Atwood has a beautiful voice that deeply touched me.

 
  "Blind Assassin"by jodibutler (see profile) 02/21/10

Had to fight to get through this one. I did end up finishing it, and there were interesting aspects to this book, that being said, I don't know that I can recommend it when there are so many books out... (read more)

 
  "cool format"by tsuski (see profile) 01/22/10

loved the format, did not love the subject matter. It's sort of a gloomy, immoral story

 
  "One of the Best Books I've Read"by leslief150 (see profile) 05/11/09

I have had such a wonderful run of books lately. The Blind Assassin is yet another great book that I’m listing up there as “one of the best I’ve ever read.”

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  "difficult to read"by pennyslager (see profile) 09/09/08

kind of strange writing style. hard to follow. did not enjoy this book at all. Would not recomend

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