The Blind Assassin: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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.
 

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Early century study of a woman and her sister growing up in failing wealth and the compromises and challenges that occur. Interesting read, good writing, though a bit slow to develop, and early plot is a bit disconnected for me. The last 1/3 of the book brought it to life! Read full review

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I really enjoyed this, a sort of turbocharged whodunnit that jumps between past, present and a novel-within-a-novel (which, like a Russian doll, has its own stories inside, too). The twists are ... Read full review

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Contents

The bridge
1
II
9
The park bench
15
The Globe and Mail 1998
24
The Colonel Henry Parkman High School Home and School and Alumni
31
The silver box
42
The Button Factory
48
Avilion
56
The tango
239
The janitor
265
Postcards from Europe
299
Besotted
315
Xanadu
329
IX
365
The man with his head on fire
380
The Water Nixie
386

The trousseau
66
Bread day
83
The soda
99
The Mail and Empire 1934
113
The WEary Soldier
144
Ovids Metamorphoses
161
Loaf givers
180
The cold cellar
202
The Imperial Room
222
X
399
XI
417
Brightly shone the moon
433
The message
448
Yellow curtains
463
XIII
473
Escarpment
490
The heap of rubble
509
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About the author (2007)

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson. 

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