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Blind Assassin, the (2000) [Novel]
by Margaret Atwood Rating: Weighted - 8.5 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (12 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

The Blind Assassin 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 the reader expects 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 we 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. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.

Original title: The Blind Assassin
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Blind Assassin, the

Blind Assassin, the (2000)
Awards: The Man Booker Prize (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The first great novel of the new millennium." Newsday
  • "Grand storytelling on a grand scale.... Sheerly enjoyable." The Washington Post Book World
  • "Absorbing.... Expertly rendered.... Virtuosic storytelling." The New York Times
  • "A literary high-wire act.... Big and ambitious.... A sweeping family saga." Newsweek
  • "Brilliant...Opulent...Atwood is a 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." John Updike, The New Yorker
  • "Bewitching...A killer novel....Atwood's crisp wit and steely realism are reminiscent of Edith Wharton...A wonderfully complex narrative." The Christian Science Monitor
  • "With [The Blind Assassin], Ms. Atwood offers added certification to her lofty position in world literature.... [It] is marked by lyrical writing and the intricacy of the narrative. The reader is repeatedly caught by surprise.... Almost to the last page, the book retains its sense of mystery." Mel Gussow, The New York Times
  • "Chilling...Lyrical...[Atwood's] most ambitious work to date." The Boston Globe
  • "Hauntingly powerful....A novel of luminous prose, scalpel-precise insights and fierce characters...Atwood's new work is so assured, so elegant and so incandescently intelligent, she casts her contemporaries in the shade." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "A tour de force." Chicago Tribune
  • "Atwood performs a spectacular sleight of hand, fashioning a bewitching, brilliantly layered story of how people see only what they wish to" Entertainment Weekly
  • "You won't be able to put it down." New York Post
  • "Brilliant.... Bountiful.... Meticulously furnished with the clothing, cuisine and locutions of the period.... Capacious, audacious." San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
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