The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

“Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge.” More than fifty years on, Iris Chase remembers Laura’s mysterious death. And so begins an extraordinary and compelling story of two sisters and their secrets. Set against a panoramic backdrop of twentieth century history, The Blind Assassin is an epic tale of memory, intrigue and betrayal… I really enjoy Atwood’s writing, and The Blind Assassin, her 10th novel, was excellent. Narrated by Iris in present time and referring to events across the 20th century, we get a real sense of the struggles of women in Canada during those times. Something I think Atwood does a very good job with.

The structure involves a story within a story – where a pair of unnamed lovers write their own science fiction story. A few surprises and a lot of secrets.

Interestingly, the book received mixed reviews despite winning the Man Booker prize in 2000. Time magazine named it book of the year, whilst the New York Times critic was less than impressed. You decide!

If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to.

CHECK IT

PUBLISHED: 2000

GENRE: Literary fiction

PAGES: 536

AWARDS: Man Booker 2000 Winner

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