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January Meetup: The Blind Assassin

Note: RSVPs open up for this meetup at 7pm on the Monday after our December meetup.

For our January meetup, we are reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. This novel won the Man Booker Prize in 2000. The novel is a bit on the long side coming in at 521 pages for the paperback version.

The GoodReads blurb is:

"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."

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  • Aldo S.

    Hey everyone. I am going to have to back out because of the time change. I have an obligation at 5 pm that now conflicts. Sorry because I was really looking forward to discussing this intriguing book. Time changes at such a late date are a little rough. Al

    January 19, 2014

  • Craig

    Sorry you can't make it, Lynne. See you next time.

    January 19, 2014

  • Lynne

    Sorry guys, I had computer issues until now. I never expected to get off the waiting list. Hope this opens it up to someone else off of the waiting list.

    January 18, 2014

  • Craig

    Okay, Nan. Feel better!

    January 18, 2014

  • nan

    My cough is back, and I'm not sure I should expose you to it. I want to throw it open to the waiting list, just in case it gets worse. If it gets better, I'll attend.

    January 18, 2014

  • Faith R.

    Sorry for the delay in updating but I have another recent commitment that interferes with Sunday. I'm disappointed; found the book intriguing and was looking forward to everyone's perspective. Hope to see you all in February.

    January 17, 2014

    • Vi

      We will miss you! Thanks for updating your status. See you next time!

      January 17, 2014

  • TD I.

    I read this book a few years ago and I remember specifically hating the protagonist. Obviously the book left an impact on me as I still remember it. I look forward to discussing it in January, especially with those of you who have read any of Atwood's other books (I've also read Surfacing, The Handmaid's Tale, and Cat's Eye).

    November 22, 2013

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