Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Book Review: The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

This story is a little difficult to do a quick summary. Basically the book centers on two sisters who grow up sort of secluded and sort of privileged. As a result their worlds revolve around pretty much each other and those that live and work within their household. That is until their father starts to go bankrupt. And that is the beginning of what will eventually rip the sisters apart.

But within this story is another story. That of The Blind Assassin. When I first started reading this book, I was thoroughly confused as one chapter is about the sisters and the story doesn't get back to them for a bit. I also found the characters a bit hard to feel for at first. But if you give the book a chance, it will bring you in.

As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place (fall rather than put there as the author is careful not to give you the answers outright but you have to figure it out on your own), you start to realize that it is a great story with many layers. All in all, a good read, especially if you're looking for something with more depth to it.

Next month: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

1 comment:

Michele said...

Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. She's deep, complex and yet still manages to write beautiful stories. can't wait to pick this up at the library!