Review The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, 2000, Winner of the Booker Prize, 521 pages
Family saga, story within a story, fabulous riches and fearful poverty. Lying, cheating, sibling rivalry and complicated sibling love. Science fiction!?!? (yes, but no), a book about a book? somewhat. totally fascinating? Yes, again.
I really loved this book and yet, I’m only giving it 4 stars because the ending just left me a tiny bit unsatisfied. I loved reading this book, I enjoyed the character descriptions and the mystery of who was who. The Blind Assassin is actually the story inside a story which is inside the main story! – – the book written by the young woman who committed suicide, invented by the young woman’s lover, published post-humously; ignored at first, hated by some and catapulted to rousing success as the years roll by.
The main book is narrated by the sister of the young woman while she is elderly and fighting to get this whole story of her life out on paper on the chance that her granddaughter might want to know of it. It’s her ‘truth’. Ah, but is it!?
I’m thoroughly convinced that I missed a lot of the symbolism and inferred meanings of a lot of this book… oh well. (part 2?!)
I am smitten with Atwood. I think she writes masterfully. This is my second work of the author’s (I read The Handmaid’s Tale last year.) I read this for two challenges: 1% of the 1001 BTRBYD (I’m not officially signed up but get excited when I can cross any off that list) and Lu’s Women Author Challenge for March 2009. This would qualify for the Chunkster Challenge but I’m not officially entered in that, either.
As you know, I don’t read reviews too near the time I start reading – I hate spoilers. I also haven’t read any reviews that would intimidate me from writing THIS review. So once I hit publish here, I’ll be off to go read and link and thus make this post a work in progress.
So ends part 1, and begins part 2…
P.37 Then she hurried off, bum lolloping*, to make sure all was in order.
* lolloping – 1. To move with a bobbing motion. 2. Chiefly British To lounge about; loll.