Apr 04 2011

The Blind Assassin

Published by at 7:35 am under Books

by Margaret Atwood

An excellently told story of a family in Canada in the early to mid 20th century. The family starts out modestly rich and the industrial ‘Barons’ of a small town in eastern Canada, but the family’s fortunes then decline with the depression. The book is narrated by one of two sisters and evolves into her describing the writing of a book for her estranged granddaughter’s benefit. The identity of the narrator and other characters in the tale is kept obscure early in the story. At the outset, it seems like several stories, but they all come together.

In a sense, not much happens and what does happen is often not described in any real detail. The two sisters’ stories are told against the backdrop of the depression, labor agitation, and finally WW II. The story line evolve smoothly and with small surprises that make sense when revealed. Lots of pronouns make for ambiguity as the several plot lines are developed and come together. Very nicely told story. Involving but not a page turner.

eReader note:
I read this over a period of about a month on Kindle for Mac and for iPhone which was handy but otherwise not exciting. Could read it in snatches as time allowed. The Kindle apps worked but were not noticeably better or worse than the Google reader I had previously tried.

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