Blind Assassin

By: Atwood, Margaret Eleanor

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Near fine condition.Bloomsbury,2000.First edition-2nd printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2).Black hardback(silver lettering to the spine,small nick on the cover) with Dj(two small creases & a nick on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.The book is new with light shelf wear on the outer edges of the pages,small mark inside the last blank page of the book.Price clipped.521pp.Heavy book.First edition.

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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.

Title: Blind Assassin

Author Name: Atwood, Margaret Eleanor

Categories: Literature & Fiction,

Edition: First edition-2nd printing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub: 2000

ISBN Number: 0747549370

ISBN Number 13: 9780747549376

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near fine

Jacket Condition: Near fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 327

Keywords: Literature & Fiction Blind Assassin