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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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May 30, 10

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Read from May 02 to 30, 2010, read count: 1

A remarkable book. At first I fretted when in current times, anxious to get back to the science fiction story. Then I fretted about being in the 1930's, anxious to get back to the science fiction story. Then the science fiction story stopped impinging on my thoughts as I was completely taken up with the story of what happened in the 1930's. Finally I was caught up in the story in current times. Ms. Atwood has an immense talent, juggling what is really three stories into one book that captures the imagination and is informative at the same time. I have read about the depression years in the U.S. This book was the first I've read about those same times in Canada. I have cared for the elderly and dying in recent years and am most impressed at Ms. Atwood's knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge of what it is like to be old and dying. Although I figured out (correctly) where the story was going, I still felt it building to a tremendous climax. I particularly enjoyed the parts where Alex and Iris discuss different ways of handling a story line, which was quite illuminating, and the part where Iris mentions the thinness of her portrayal of her husband, Richard, acknowledging that she is incapable of seeing him with any depth or lack of bias. And the result of two wars on a single family is devastating and in some ways quite horrible. This book is absolutely packed with interesting dynamics between and among characters, not to mention the wonder of so many beautifully drawn characters in a single book. It is no wonder it won an award. My one regret? That we never get to meet Sabrina or know her reaction to such a compelling story of her origins.
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