The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

The Blind AssassinThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s tempting to pick at the few imperfections I found in The Blind Assassin (and I do mean few), such as the thinness of one or two characters, but that would be kind of dumb. But the major characters, such as the narrator’s sister, Laura, are so expertly rendered, yet remain in an important sense mysterious — just as many great characters in literature do.

Besides, to fixate on that would be to overlook what Atwood has pulled off, a stunning technical accomplishment of weaving a science-fiction story told within a noirish novel about adultery, itself just one part of a sprawling historical narrative chronicling Ontario in the early part of the 20th century, and a family’s love and how it falls apart.

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