First of all, I totally agree with all who adore Atwood's words. How do you describe them, so those who have not yet read a book by Atwood will properFirst of all, I totally agree with all who adore Atwood's words. How do you describe them, so those who have not yet read a book by Atwood will properly understand? You read one of Atwood's sentences and the words mean more than what is said. Each sentence has several meanings; it us up the reader to interpret them.
Many lines send your head into a twirl. How do people interact? What do you see if you observe carefully? Atwood says, "As for the dance, it was more like a battle than a dance." If there is a stare, is it a stare of hostility, jealousy or joy?
What do you think of this line? "Romance means leaving things out." You must always read between the lines, Atwood's lines that is.
Some lines make you chuckle. Iris "scooped (the peanut butter) directly from the jar with her forefinger. Why dirty a spoon?" And you? Have you never done this?
Some lines create a tension, a feeling, "voices like liquid rope." Let me add here that the audiobook narration by Lorelei King is top-notch, superb. The voices sound here exactly as "liquid rope"! Children's and adults’, male and female, each character has a perfect intonation. Those told in first person, those in the third person, those in the crazy story within the story.
Then there are the lines of Reenie, the loyal Chase family housekeeper. She is responsible for the running commentary on the family's shenanigans. Her lines are pitch-perfect: "Business is business and then there is funny business." or "Loose your temper and you lose the fight." I should remember that myself! She is the one who raised both Chase girls, Laura the younger and Iris the older. It is a bit pat, by that I mean the role that she plays, but I couldn't help but like her! Reenie advises Laura to, "Think twice." Wise Laura responds, "Why only twice?" You may think she is young and naive but she has a head on her shoulders, that young one!
Enough about Atwood's words, I find them sometimes delightful, sometimes humorous, and often noteworthy. They say much more than what you take them for at first glance. This aspect of the writing I like VERY much.
BUT, I have had huge problems with the story within the story, also called "The Blind Assassin"! Making it even worse, there is a third story within the second story. All these stories within stories are confusing. The so called "clever" point, that is to be made, is NOT convincing, as far as I am concerned. I do not find (view spoiler)[the relationship between Alex and Iris to be convincing. That Richard would commit suicide as a result of the book's publication, written either by Iris OR Laura, I find scarcely believable. (hide spoiler)] I find the fantasy, science fiction parts boring. I wanted those sections to end as soon as possible.
I admit, I like neither science fiction nor mystery! There is a mystery element too. The writing I appreciate, but not the plot. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I sat glued to the audiobook narrated by the author himself. He is easy to understand, even if he does read it a bit quickly. HE knows who is who butI sat glued to the audiobook narrated by the author himself. He is easy to understand, even if he does read it a bit quickly. HE knows who is who but I have to be given time to learn that. The speed, but only in the beginning, was difficult. He reads with feeling, and THAT is good. Here is an unselfish man with empathy.
I emigrated from the US in the 70s, so this book filled me in on what has happened to the justice system since then....... Shocking! Justice? Is there any justice left? Justice only for wealthy, educated and employed Whites. I didn't realize the situation was this bad.