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The Blind Assassin

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassinis 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 … see full wiki

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Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
2 reviews about The Blind Assassin
review by . June 02, 2001
The Blind Assassin is definitely worth reading but I did /not/ find it quite as alluring as others. The story of Iris and Laura Chase is a rather sad one and in many ways pathetic. The characters are well drawn but they are all - including Iris, the narrator of the story, rather shallow (the characters themselves -- not the writing of them.) Iris, in the later stages of her life does become a more substantive person -- but too late. The novel is really her apologia for what she didn't do in her …
review by . December 30, 2000
"...Looks are deceiving. You get what you ask for." Such are the vacant homilies that define the lives of Iris and Laura Chase, as they attempt to find structure in a confusing world. Their mother has died giving birth, their father drinks himself senseless, but at least they have a home. And a housekeeper, Reenie, their surrogate mother, the fount of endless aphorisms: "Leave well enough alone. Thank God for small mercies." Nothing is as it seems in this new novel by Margaret Atwood. THE BLIND …
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