Book cover from The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Book cover 'The Blind Assassin: A Novel'

The Blind Assassin: A Novel

BUY NOW
$13.74
-19% on list price
Used from $1.20  New from $6.71
(as of 10/19/2018 10:15 PST - Details)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Published: 08-28-2001
ISBN: 0385720955
Pages: 521
Publisher: Anchor
List Price: $16.95

Book description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.

Book review

The Blind Assassin is a tale of two sisters, one of whom dies under ambiguous circumstances in the opening pages. The survivor, Iris Chase Griffen, initially seems a little cold-blooded about this death in the family. But as Margaret Atwood's most ambitious work unfolds--a tricky process, in fact, with several nested narratives and even an entire novel-within-a-novel--we're reminded of just how complicated the familial game of hide-and-seek can be:
What had she been thinking of as the car sailed off the bridge, then hung suspended in the afternoon sunlight, glinting like a dragonfly, for that one instant of held breath before the plummet? Of Alex, of Richard, of bad faith, of our father and his wreckage; of God, perhaps, and her fatal, triangular bargain.
Meanwhile, Atwood immediately launches into an excerpt from Laura Chase's novel, The Blind Assassin, posthumously published in 1947. In this double-decker concoction, a wealthy woman dabbles in blue-collar passion, even as her lover regales her with a series of science-fictional parables. Complicated? You bet. But the author puts all this variegation to good use, taking expert measure of our capacity for self-delusion and complicity, not to mention desolation. Almost everybody in her sprawling narrative manages to--or prefers to--overlook what's in plain sight. And memory isn't much of a salve either, as Iris points out: "Nothing is more difficult than to understand the dead, I've found; but nothing is more dangerous than to ignore them." Yet Atwood never succumbs to postmodern cynicism, or modish contempt for her characters. On the contrary, she's capable of great tenderness, and as we immerse ourselves in Iris's spliced-in memoir, it's clear that this buttoned-up socialite has been anything but blind to the chaos surrounding her. --Darya Silver

Similar books to 'The Blind Assassin: A Novel'

Product picture for Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
Now a 6-part Netflix original mini-series: in Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the...
Book cover from The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the extraordinary imagination of the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale , comes one of her most intricate and subversive novels. Set in contemporary...
Book cover from Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a breathtaking novel about a woman...
Book cover from The Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a...
Book cover from Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale In this extraordinary collection, Margaret Atwood gives us nine unforgettable tales that reveal the...
Book cover from The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the bestselling author of Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker...
Book cover from Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy) by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman,...
Book cover from Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who...
Book cover from MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy) by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale In this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has...
Book cover from MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Paperback
A boxed set (three trade paperbacks) of the internationally celebrated speculative fiction trilogy from one of the most visionary authors of our time, Margaret Atwood. Across...