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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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The Blind Assassin

by Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood's masterpiece is a genre-bending novel that's the literary equivalent of a Russian nesting doll, hurtling from detective noir and sci-fi to romance and back again. The Blind Assassin contains a story within a story within a whole other story, but its ultimate mystery concerns matters of the heart, as so many of the best stories do.

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283 ratings
  • 31% Love
  • 39% Like
  • 17% Dislike
  • Cameron, NC

    Margaret Atwood captivates you from the first paragraph. In her typical style, she creates a foggy picture of a character that titilates you enough so you can't stop and suddenly, she sweeps you away.

  • Huntsville, AL

    This was definitely a slow build. I was intrigued by the narrative structure. I loved how neatly everything came together in the end and felt like a lost and great friend as I flipped the last page.

  • Madison, WI

    Despite the slow parts, I fell in love with this book. Tragic and tender in parts, it tugged at my heart, while also laughing at the inner thoughts of an 80 year old woman. Beautifully written.

  • Lakota, IA

    Atwood's writing is as visceral and compelling as ever here; it deserves to take its time. I couldn't resist these characters and their tragic plights, and was captivated by Zycron.

  • Saint Louis, MO

    This is my first Margaret Atwood read, and I was so impressed with her writing. Really well-crafted story. For as long as it is, it never felt that way to me.

  • campbell, CA

    Loved it! I took this on vacation and kept finding places to read so I could finish it. It was one of those books that you just wanted to figure out.

  • Portland, OR

    Absolutely obsessed with this book. Extremely well paced, I was hooked the whole time. Ingenious with the story-within-a-novel-within-a-novel.

  • South Hamilton, MA

    An absolutely spell-binding story, told in visceral detail and inventive tone. One of my favorite books of the year.

  • Covington , VA

    Impressed with this book, a story within a story. Margaret Atwood is a brilliant writer.

  • Salem, OR

    Loved the woven together plot lines and the authenticity of the protagonists voice.

  • Boston, MA

    Incredible! Loved every second, can't wait to read more Atwood

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Another amazing Margaret Atwood book. Can't go wrong with her!

  • Mantua, NJ

    This is now one of my all time favorite books.

  • Gilbert, AZ

    Exquisite writing and wonderful story.

  • Centennial, CO

    Loved the format! Great story line.


    Great writing.

  • Montgomery, AL

    Ah. Fabulous.

  • Smyrna, GA

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  • Piedmont, SC

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