The Blind Assassin
By (author) Margaret Atwood
Normal Price: $19.99
Your Price: $17.99 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $2.00! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $0.90 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 7-10 days
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Book DescriptionLaura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.
Buy Blind Assassin book by Margaret Atwood from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9781860498800
(196mm x 126mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 19-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Atwood
Angel Catbird Volume 1, Hardback (August 2016)» View all books by Margaret Atwood
"On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl"--
UK Kirkus Review » 'The Blind Assassin' is the title of Margaret Atwood's 15th novel; it is also the title of the cult novel written by one of its characters, Laura Chase, posthumously published by her sister Iris. As you might guess from this, Atwood's novel is about how stories console us, and mislead us. It is also about the crimes wrought, consciously and unconsciously, by Love. Laura's death is a mystery that keeps us tantalized for over 500 pages - but is it accident, suicide or murder? This rich and marvellous novel is, like Alias Grace, partly a thriller, but its complex layers explore capitalism and communism, sisterhood and betrayal, life and art. Iris the narrator dilates and contracts as she tells us about the Chase family, whose rise and fall is spread out for the better part of a century. The Chase sisters' girlhood under the care of the redoubtable Reenie is one of the best things Atwood has ever written. Iris is forced into learning the ways of the world, but Laura is the moral touchstone of the novel, at once funny and tragic. Interwoven with Iris's narrative are hilarious extracts from newspapers of the time, describing the life of the Canadian haute bourgeoisie, and the altogether darker passages from The Blind Assassin, in which a wealthy young woman has a passionate love affair with a Communist man on the run. Their assignations are spiced by the science fiction stories he tells her - which, cruel, crude and exotic, she clings to as hope and sanity collapse. 'It's loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward,' Iris tells us - but it's also Atwood's sublime prose which transforms the pulp SF story, the thriller and the family saga into art. Reviewed by Amanda Craig. Editor's Note: Amanda Craig is the author of In a Dark Wood. Marina Warner says of The Blind Assassin: It's a short three years since Alias Grace, and unbelievably, Atwood has produced another tour de force of psychological insight and storytelling. This novel's more self-consciously writerly, and, in interesting ways, more challenging: Atwood has cunningly nested a book-within-a book-within-a-book in a flourishing display of styles, and the novel resonates with the evident glee the author had in her dexterity. She's parodied sci-fi comics of the 1920s, out of Poe via H P Lovecraft, embedded these sinister and hilarious fantasies in an account of a sulphurous love affair (borrowed pink towels, smoke-filled hotel rooms, dodgy parts of town), and at the same created a richly detailed, characteristically tough-minded study of the aspiring bourgeoisie of provincial, colonial Canada and the coming of the new men and the new money. The novel prickles with Atwood's usual wit (and even malice), but she strikes deep, unexpected notes of empathy and even gentleness as she untangles the lives and rivalrous love of the two sisters at the heart of the book, Iris and Laura Chase. Atwood goes from strength to strength: I liked The Blind Assassin better than any of her books, and I've long admired her. (Kirkus UK)
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Blind Assassin book by Margaret Atwood and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and now Oryx and Crake for the 2003 Booker prize. She has won many literary prizes in other countries.
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2017. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.