“The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura’s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.”
Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize winner is a clever multi-layered story within a story within a story. She seamlessly slips between concurrent plot lines and devises characters that are both believable and intriguing. Against the backdrop of significant events of the 20th century in Canada, Atwood explores poignant themes of love, duty, humility, strength, youth and maturity, family dynamics and the the nature of memory. A brilliantly woven tale of human passion, weakness and the desire to be heard.