Margaret Atwood - Blind Assassin

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  • A Long Day's Journey to One Woman's Past: The Blind Assassin

    Mar 27, 2002 by scmrak is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lovingly drawn characters, a complex plot that unwinds at its own pace
    Cons: that pace is at times a little too slow

    Summary: Some late-40s musical comedy - I think it's White Christmas - features a number by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen named "Sisters." This ditty includes that immortal lyric, Lord help the Mister / Who comes between me and my sister / And Lord ... read more

  • Willful Blindness and the Digression of a Plot

    Apr 26, 2012 by countess_eva is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful writing and complex characterization.
    Cons: Slow pacing, extraneous stories, too fragmented.

    Summary: Margaret Atwood, acclaimed Canadian writer and author of The Handmaid’s Tale, one of the most affecting and memorable books ever to meander its way into my possession, has reappeared in my reading list these many years later. ... read more

  • Ten days after the war ended,my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge

    Sep 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Alot of great supporting characters,great ending
    Cons:

    The way it is worded makes Jane Austen seem spare. You will need a dictionary.


    Summary: This is very difficult what I am about to do. I really want to plug this book,so other people will pick it up and love it too. I don't know how to categorize it,much less what to put in this review. Here goes nothing.When I first saw ... read more

  • The Blind Assassin

    Jan 11, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great writing, interesting characters
    Cons: Sometimes poor choice in plot execution, unsympathetic main

    Summary: The Blind Assassin opens with death, the young Laura Chase plunging off a bridge to her doom, which is ruled as an accident, but possibly a suicide. Her sister Iris discovers a collection of notebooks in her possession, notebooks that Laura had left ... read more

  • No blind alley story lines here

    Jul 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Another fresh approach to storytelling by Atwood and her poetic pen
    Cons: Periodically choppy story line tends to detract from flow

    Summary: Atwood has long been a favorite author of mine. Her strong socio-political views color every word she writes, yet her ability to weave the fabric of her story without having to browbeat her reader with her views is extraordinary. The Blind ... read more

  • A great read

    Jul 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Keeps you on your toes until the very end
    Cons: None!

    Summary: I have read several other books by Atwood, and I feel that this did not disappoint. I am not surprised it was awarded the Booker Prize! Atwood spins a tale addressing the age-old themes of family betrayals, love, and social turmoil. Her ... read more

  • Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin: Don’t look for loveable characters here…

    Jun 1, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: intertwining stories, plot twists
    Cons: no likeable characters, parts are slow

    Summary: Iíve been reading Margaret Atwoodís novels for years, ever since, as a teenager, I read an excerpt of Catís Eye in Seventeen Magazine. Iím not sure exactly what it is about her work that keeps me coming back, but somehow, I always end up ... read more

  • Love, Blind, of course, but so beautiful

    May 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The craft of fiction at its absolute finest!
    Cons: It ends.

    Summary: The Blind Assassin is a remarkable achievement and the finest work by a contemporary writer that this reviewer has read in four decades. Atwood's control of her extremely complex narrative never falters. Back and forth through layers of time, story ... read more

  • The man who couldn't see and the woman who couldn't speak...

    May 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A vivid pre-WWII story of life involving Laura and Iris, sisters with secrets.
    Cons: Slightly confusing at first but well worth the effort. Stay with it.

    Summary: Margaret Atwood is a genius storyteller. Set in pre-WWII Canada, this is a tale within a tale and told with blunt and heartfelt prose through the eyes of Iris, the elder sister. Daughters of wealth, Iris and Laura assume their roles. Iris ... read more

  • The Life of Laura Chase

    Jan 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This is a well written, well thought out novel, worth reading
    Cons: It is hard to get started with this book

    Summary: I have just done it; I have managed to finish Margaret Atwoods book The Blind Assassin. I decided to read The Blind Assassin after it had won the Booker Prize in 2000. It took me quite a while to get hold of the book and then I had to find ... read more

  • Blinded by Beauty

    Nov 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The storyline is deeply moving and engaging. The reader is hooked from the first line
    Cons: The connections the reader is expected to make may cause some confusion.

    Summary: I have never liked Margaret Atwood's writing. But something about the first few lines in "The Blind Assassin" drew me into the story without warning and for the rest of the 300 or so pages. The Atwood book I read was "The Edible Woman" which was fairly ... read more

  • Brilliant Story Telling

    Jun 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful prose, fabulously creative story telling
    Cons: heavy and difficult read, slow at times

    Summary: I've read a few of Margaret Atwood's novels and many of her poems and I've always come back for her dark and raw femininity. Atwood embraces the dirtier less pretty side of womanhood encompassing anger and complicity and cowardice. In the past I've ... read more

  • Grab Your Handy Pick-Axe and Dive In

    May 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, an interesting approach, Margaret Atwood.
    Cons: A little hard to understand.

    Summary: Margaret Atwood's novels are often told from many points of view, combining narration, newspaper clippings, dialogues, and even the occasional novel-within-a-novel. In Lady Oracle, one of her past novels, the main character's Harlequin-esque ... read more

  • Atwood's Best

    Apr 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful book in a book! Once you get into it you can't stop.
    Cons: In the beginning it is somewhat confusing.

    Summary: I started to read the Blind Assassin not knowing what to expect. I have never read any of her books. When I started to read it, I was a little confused. As I got more into the book, I was more intrigued. I was more intrigued by the second novel in the ... read more

  • A Kinder, Gentler Atwood?

    Dec 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Suspenseful, engaging, a real page-turner
    Cons: A few characters need more development

    Summary: Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is probably best known for 1985's The Handmaid's Tale, a frightening portrait of an all-too-plausible dystopia, which was made (one might say corrupted) into a movie of the same name a few years ... read more

  • Just Deserts

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: smooth and complex structure; use of language
    Cons: none

    Summary: The Booker Prize has regained its stride. After a series of puzzling choices (England, England and Amsterdam, for example), The Blind Assassin is a welcome return to novels of some enduring literary value. Atwood has certainly earned her Booker, as ... read more

  • The Quick Cool Writing of Margaret Atwood

    Nov 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful writing by Margaret Atwood
    Cons: the novel in the novel takes away from the story

    Summary: I'll confess, I've never been a big fan of Margaret Atwood. I read "The Handmaid's Tale" ten years ago and I didn't understand it at all; I had a hard time keeping the characters and themes straight(Bear in mind I was only eighteen, now I ... read more

  • Blinded by Atwood

    Nov 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lyrical prose
    Cons: subplot not quite as good as main plot

    Summary: Margaret Atwood's latest novel is so lush I felt that I was swimming in words. Atwood's writing style has always been lyrical as in her other novels such as The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace. The newest one The Blind Assassin is not only a feast for ... read more

  • Tricky, subtle, and enchanting

    Nov 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The language!! Intriguing plot. Fresh approach to literature
    Cons: not a good story when you're sleepy

    Summary: If you relish the beauty of the written word, you will love this book. Margaret Atwood is a master of words. She spins them like floss in a spiderweb... and they pull you in. Her writing shines in Blind Assassin. This story is structured as ... read more

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