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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Thank you, Alice! I felt exactly the same way about this book. I know it was "genius" but I felt her writing was more about showing off her literary talent that moving the story along.

message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather Tracey Agreed... sadly this is my first Atwood, and I fear I may never venture another after this...

message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Ditto, Heather--people have recommended other Atwood books to me and I've just stayed away. I don't want to invest the (huge amount) of time.

message 4: by Nikole (new)

Nikole I felt similarly, especially in the middle. The first and last hundred pages are really gripping, but I think the center could have been spliced down greatly - The Blind Assassin might have made a better novella than it did novel. (And a long novel at that.)

message 5: by Rachael (new)

Rachael i concur. my review was pretty similar to yours, only more snarky i guess, pin-pointing more of my major gripes with the novel and not finding it up to par with some of her other work: especially the handmaid's tale, and oryx and crake.

message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily If you like Handmaid's Tale, try Atwood's other post-apocalyptic novels, such as Oryx and Crake.

message 7: by Alex (new)

Alex Agreed. First book ive ever given up on and not finished!

message 8: by Harikrishnan (new)

Harikrishnan Santhosh Completely agree...the book loses pace everytime we come back to the present day and I kept waiting for Iris to get to the flashbacks and the exerpts from the bind assassin. Also there was a lot of emphasis on describing the dressing sense of Iris and Winifred which started to annoy after a while.

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