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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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Sep 10, 2007

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

A story within a story within a story. Iris Griffin Chase narrates her life history and the story of her family and the bumpy road it follows spanning the last century. Throughout the book are chapters chronicling the love affair of an anonymous woman and her secret lover, who is weaving her a pulpy sci-fi tale about a blind assassin, adding to it at each of their rendezvous.

Margaret Atwood's writing is phenomenal. The story of Iris and her sister Laura, who dies tragically on the first page, is heart wrenching and full of shocking family secrets. They are both not-so-innocent victims of their family's circumstances, a united front in constant competition with each other. The stories come together in the end in what I thought was a fantastic climax.

I would have given the book five stars, but I was a little disappointed at the end that the Blind Assassin story was not as intertwined with the other two stories as I had hoped it would be. I was waiting to see how Atwood would tie the three together, and I really didn't feel she did.
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message 2: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:37PM) (new)

Daniel you write good reviews!

message 1: by Bronwen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:37PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Bronwen Thank you!

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