The Blind Assassin

Summary of "The Blind Assassin"

2.5stars

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Iris writes about her family history now that she is 82 years old, sharing her memories and her life between the two world wars; the happy 20s and the depression during the 30s. Her family was previleged and owned a button factory, that did very well during the 20s until the depression struck. Iris tells the story about her marriage with Richard who was a famous and successful business man.

Her sister Laura died at the end of World War II when she ran a car off a bridge. Was Laura's death an accident or suicide? Laura herself was just as mysterious as her death. However, before she died she wrote a novel called The Blind Assassin, which some think is about her own life. It is a love story between a young woman and a man who is on the run.

This novel by Margaret Atwood is complex, sad and quite boring. There are two stories running in parallel, and in one of the stories (in Laura's novel) the man who is on the run is telling a sci-fi story to the young woman about life at the planet Sakiel-Norn. The multiple stories makes it quite a complex read. This book is not good nor bad but somewhere in between, therefore I give it 2.5 stars.

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