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The blind assassin

by Margaret Atwood

  Print book : Fiction  |  1st ed. in the U.S.A

The Blind Assassin   (2007-10-02)


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by SHatheway

The Blind Assassin tells the epic stories of several people and families. By the end of the book these lives have become intertwined in both graceful and tragic ways. The book opens with the Chase family and eventually follows two lovers, whose identities are not revealed until the end. The stories span the entire twentieth century and contain tales of passion, adventure, and love for one’s family. The characters in Atwood’s novel live their lives with glamour and style and the reader rapidly becomes involved in this world. Death, tragedy, and true-love are main themes which appear within the novel. Atwood presents these concepts with feeling and beauty in a way only a truly great writer could.Just as in Margaret Atwood’s other books, the book starts out slow and then gradually the reader becomes consumed by the captivating world Atwood creates. The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2002, and any reader will come away from this book glad that they had taken the time to read it. In this book Atwood demonstrates her control of language and her ability to use techniques like magical realism and metafiction. Magical realism is closely related to science fiction and the style demands that the reader suspends his or her imagination and entertain the notion that anything is possible. This type of writing demonstrates Margaret Atwood’s capacity to be more than just an amazing story teller. Atwood’s book is highly recommended for readers, it is also recommended for writers as it incorporates elements of story-telling which change the way stories are supposed to be told.

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