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We'll be reading and discussing The Blind Assassin from June 24th to June 30th. Only the first chapter is required reading to participate in the discussion, but of course you're very welcome to read on for as long as you enjoy the book.

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.

Because the first chapter is five and a half pages long, I am committing to reading at least the second chapter.

Re: II - The hard-boiled egg

Date: 2015-06-21 06:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
I always feel a lot annoyed, *g*. But then I decided I didn't care for either of them, so whatevs.

Re: II - The hard-boiled egg

Date: 2015-06-22 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking the same. That she is probably a key or something for Laura. I find it hard to really get into either of the second and third tier stories, though the second especially. The third has the trappings of world building, which draws me in a little, as appalling as the world seems to be, and the first story has a good sense of mystery right now. I want to know where that one goes! (Shoot, I may have to read the entire thing *G* I found a preview of the first two chapters on google books for free.)

Re: II - The hard-boiled egg

Date: 2015-06-24 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't sure I would, but thanks to you putting up the discussion post so early, I had time :)

Yes, same here. So I guess I hope ;) I might borrow it from the library and find out.

Too bad to hear, though :( And it does make me less inclined to read more.


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