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Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist Told in a style that magnificently captures the collouialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniuely rewarding experienceIt opens with these simple resonant words Ten days after the war ended my sister drove a car off the bridge They are spoke. “All stories are about wolves Anything else is sentimental drivel”Atwood doesn’t write sentimental drivel and I don’t read it and there are several wolves in this stunning book This is my tenth Atwood and it’s even better than any of the others I’ve enjoyed The scope and variety of her work is impressive but here she accomplishes that within the covers of a single book it should be shelved as historical fiction memoir espionagethriller and sci fi It grabs the reader in the first brief chapter less than three pages which would work as a short story so much is implied but so little stated you can’t help but read on eagerly This also sets a pattern of foreshadowing you know many key events long before they “happen” but have to wait and think to find out how and whyThe pacing is perfect too I guessed some crucial elements well before they were revealed but there was enticing uncertainty and always another conundrum in the pipeline This creates a pleasing balance between pride and doubt in the reader Matryoshka – stories within storiesThe analogy with a nest of Russian dolls applies far to this than David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas The different layers constantly switch but it’s never confusing1 Iris the narrator is an elderly woman describing her daily life with a backdrop of weather seasons and fear of losing independence It's painfully poignant lightened with waspish and often self deprecating humour2 Iris also tells the story of her life and that of her sister Laura from childhood to the “present” day with a backdrop of two world wars the Depression and politicalunion unrest Born to wealth and respectability but lacking parental love their lives – and relationship with each other take many turns This is the main bulk of the story historical fiction sweeping most of the 20th century set in SE Canada 3 As a young woman Laura drives off a bridge not a spoiler; it’s in the first sentence of the book and a few years later after going through Laura’s papers Iris publishes her novel “Blind Assassin” excerpts of which are in this book of the same name It’s the story of a pair of covert lovers each with secrets and something to lose He is short of money constantly on the move Clandestine meetings in a series of seedy bedsits and borrowed rooms are hard to arrange The vague politics of this overlap with the specific labour unrest in the main story 4 Within that novel the nameless man a writer of pulp sci fi tells stories of planet Zyrcon to the nameless woman The title of both books comes from the fact that slave children are trained to create beautiful carpets – to the point at which they go blind Some then go into the sex trade and some become assassins This then is a pastiche of a lowbrow genre rather than the speculative fiction Atwood often writes and is meant to echo the politics of its fictional author are you still following this5 The world of Zyrcon has its own myths some of which are told There are parallels with ancient cultures on Earth In addition there are occasional newspaper reports and the odd letter from a school or doctorThis is a brave format that could alienate readers who like one stylegenre and dislike another but I think it worked very well in part because most chapters are short so you never feel trapped in a style that is not your favourite I paid a little less attention to the details of what happened on Zycron but that was mainly because I was so anxious to know what happened to Iris and Laura On a reread I would study Zycron closely to see the parallels with the stories around it I made a similar mistake with the historical chapters of people and gods coming to America in Gaiman's American Gods which I reviewed HEREWarning to Apatt Some of the sections use uotation marks and some don’t it didn’t bother me thoughThe TitleThe title clearly refers to the novel within the novel of that name and which features assassins who are literally blind However there are other characters in the real stories who could be classed as such in a metaphorical sense Few characters are troubled by guilt though Aging IrisIris is a wonderful creation old cranky lonely feisty sharp and something of an outsider all her life even from her own family She grudgingly accepts a modicum of help from Myra and Walter “I am what makes her so good in the eyes of others”; Iris carries her laundry like Little Red Riding Hood “except that I myself am Granny and I contain my own bad wolf” Nevertheless she resists as much as she can while painfully noting the effects of time on her body“I feel like a letter – deposited here collected there But a letter addressed to no one”“I yearn for sleep yet it flutters ahead of me like a sooty curtain”“After having imposed itself on us like the egomaniac it is the body’s final trick is simply to absent itself”For all that Iris cultivates curmudgeonliness it’s largely a carapace and sometimes for entertainment sarcastic letters to fans of The Blind Assassin wanting to interview her about Laura; the really nasty piece of work is her arriviste sister in law Winifred Youthful LauraLaura doesn’t live to be old She’s an enigma as a child and so after death – to Iris and the reader “Nothing is difficult than to understand the dead Nothing is dangerous than to ignore them”Iris assembles a series of impressions but you can never uite grasp her – which is entirely appropriate Laura was “interested in forms” and “wanted essences” but not in facts and logic – and yet she was a literalist with “a heightened capacity for belief” “Being Laura was like being tone deaf the music played and you heard something but it wasn’t what everyone else heard”She was “too cozy with strangers It wasn’t that she flouted rules she simply forgot about them” Hence she “had only the haziest notions of ownership” She “was not selfless she was skinless” Unlike Iris she had the courage of her decidedly odd convictions and didn’t care what other people thought Sisters sharingThere is an essay to be written on what Laura and Iris share and what they don't It's not just the obvious things Class Winifred and RichardSnobbery especially looking down on new money is not just a British ailment Iris and Laura were the granddaughters of a wealthy industrialist who married above himself gaining respectability for the family Iris’s husband Richard is very new money His ghastly sister runs his life as well as lots of charity committees and then moulds and controls young newlywed Iris “Her teaching method was one of hint suggestion” So “I seemed to myself erased featureless like an avalanche of used soap or the moon on the wane” As Iris matures she increasingly sees through this and resists or retaliates and of course she’s telling it with the wisdom of old age It’s amusingly but painfully catty “You could be charming with a little effort”“Avilion the family home had once had an air of stability that amounted to intransigence” but after Winifred and Richard refurbish it “it no longer had the courage of its pretensions” Overdoing it somewhat Atwood adds between those two phrases “a large dumpy boulder plunked sic down in the stream of time refusing to be moved for anybody – but now it was dog eared apologetic as if it were about to collapse in on itself”Richard is a shadowy in every sense figure – something IrisAtwood acknowledges “As the days went by I felt I knew Richard less and less I myself however was taking shape – the shape intended for me by him coloured in” Later “I’ve failed to convey Richard in any rounded sense He’s blurred like the face in some wet discarded newspaper”In their marriage “Placidity and order with a decorous and sanctioned violence underneath” because he “preferred conuest to cooperation in every area of life” Chillingly “It was remarkable how easily I bruised said Richard smiling”ClasslessAlex Thomas is classless his background even if you believe his own account child refugee of unknown family gives no clue That might enable him to fit in anywhere but really he's alien everywhere not in a literal lizardy sense GreenIn The Handmaid’s Tale red is a recurring colour Here it’s green often for clothing and occasionally in conjunction with the colour watermelon However the symbolism isn’t as clear here as in Handmaid; it’s usually related to coldness rather than jealousy A few examples out of than twenty• “Her slip is the chill green of shore ice broken ice”• “Sober colours hospital corridor green” Laura’s typical attire• Richard chose an emerald engagement ring though his sister Winifred overruled that so he proffered a diamond• Just before a tornado “the sky had turned a baleful shade of green”• A bombe desert at dinner was “bright green” and honeymoon salad “tasted like pale green water Like frost”uotes – truth secrets memory writingAfter years of negligible education the girls have a fierce new tutor “We did learn in a spirit of vengefulness What we really learned from him was how to cheat” as well as “silent resistance and not getting caught” Useful skills• “It’s not the lying that counts it’s evading the necessity for it”• “The best way to keep a secret is to pretend there isn’t one”• Secret lovers “proclaiming love withholding the particulars”• “It was an effort for me now to recall the details of my grief – the exact forms it had taken – although at will I could summon up an echo of it”• “Is what I remember the same things as what actually happened”• “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read not even by yourself”• Looking back at her wedding photo “I don’t recall having been present I and the girl in the picture have ceased to be the same person I am her outcome I can see her but she can’t see me”uotes – weather seasons nature• “The light like melted butter trees with exhausted leaves”• In a park “disregarded corners leggy dandelions stretching towards the light”• “Light filtered through the net curtain hanging suspended in the air sediment in a pond”• When hot and humid “The words I write feather at the edges like lipstick on an aging mouth”• “The sky was a hazy grey the sun low in the sky a wan pinkish colour like fish blood Icicles as if suspended in the act of falling”• “Wild geese creaking like anguished hinges”• “Grudging intimations of spring”uotes other• “Only the blind are free” A blind assassin “sees through the girl’s clothing with the inner eye that is the bliss of solitude”• “There’s nothing like a shovelful of dirt to encourage literacy” I guess EL James proves that • Tourist trinkets “History was never this winsome and especially not this clean”• “The other side of selflessness is tyranny” and “He can’t have found living with her forgiveness all that easy”• The mother of a difficult baby “lost altitude lost resilience” so the sibling found “silence helpfulness the only way to fit in”• “She has a soft dense mouth like a waterlogged velvet cushion and tapered fingers deft as a fish”• “Children believe that everything bad that happens is their faultbut they also believe in happy endings”• “Dowdy to the point of pain”• “A black dress simply cut but voraciously elegant”• “Beginnings are sudden but also insidious They creep up on you sideways they keep to the shadows they lurk unrecognized Then later they spring”• On a virgin’s bed “The arctic waste of starched white bedsheet stretched out to infinity”• “Touch comes before speech It is the first language and the last and it always tells the truth”• A flashy lawyer's office has “an abstract painting compose of pricey smudges they bill by the minute just like the cheaper whores”• Shaving and plucking to create “A topography like wet clay a surface the hands would glide over”• Downtrodden people are “Broken verbs”• The kettle “began its lullaby of steam”• In a seedy hotel “wallpaper no longer any colour”• “He killed things by chewing off their roots”• “Unshed tears can turn you rancid”

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The Blind AssassinY of her husband a distinguished industrialistFor the past twenty five years Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination In The Blind Assassin she stretches the limits of her accomplishments as never before creating a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious The Blind Assassin proves once again that Atwood is one of the most talented daring and exciting writers of our time Like The Handmaid's Tale it is destined to become a classic. 63 The Blind Assassin Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin is a novel by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood It was first published by McClelland and Stewart in 2000 Set in Canada it is narrated from the present day referring to previous events that span the twentieth centuryآدمکش کور مارگارت آتوود ققنوس ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه نوامبر سال 2007 میلادیعنوان آدمکش کور؛ نویسنده مارگارت آتوود؛ مترجم شهین آسایش؛تهران، ققنوس؛ 1382؛ در 665 ص؛ فروست ادبیات جهان 47؛ رمان 41؛ شابک ایکس 964311385؛ چاپ دوم 1383؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ شابک 9789643113858؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20 مآدمکش کور، داستانی «سوررئالیستی» است، و برنده­ ی جایزه­ ی «بوکر»، در سال دوهزار میلادی، دو بازگویی جدا از هم است یکی عشق دختر و پسری ست، که پسر در قرارهای عاشقانه، برای دختر داستانی تخیلی می­گوید در داستان دیگر، پیرزنی به نام «ایریس»، شرح زندگی خود، و خواهرش «لورا» را، می­نویسد دو داستان در پایان به هم می­پیوندند «لورا»، خواهر کوچکتر، دختری عجیب و حساس، و «ایریس» مسئولیت پذیر است او برای نجات خانواده، فداکاری کرده، و همسر مردی ثروتمند، و هوس­باز می­شود در پایان داستان درمی­یابد، باج اصلی چه بوده، و چگونه پرداخته شده است بچه­ ها فکر می­کنند هر رخداد بدی که رخ مینماید، تقصیر آنهاست ا شربیانی

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review The Blind Assassin Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist Told in a style that magnificently captures the collouialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s N by Iris whose terse account of her sister Laura's death in 1945 is followed by an inuest 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 bod. atwood's Booker Prize winning novel is a slow and melancholy downward movement one in which the melancholy becomes cumulative despite the sad and tragic tone there are many paths to pure enjoyment present through the precise judgmental dryly amusing recollections of the narrator as she recounts her current life and her past life between the world wars; through the intense intimate yet almost metaphorical scenes of two lovers connecting not connecting reconnecting; through the wonderful pastiche of golden era science fantasy tales featuring mute sacrificial victims blind child assassins erotic peach women deadly lizard men but despite those paths to enjoyment each narrative strand is based in despair in missed opportunities in moribund ritual in the end of things there is no wish fulfillment available on any level and the novel's main mystery although surprising and having a revenge filled punch at the end is still such a sad one to contemplate motivations are revealed characters you thought you knew become transformed reversals of fortune happen in the space of a paragraph and yet what i was left with by the end was a sadness at recognizing the impossibility of true happiness true love true fulfillment well at least in the world of Blind Assassinthe novel is bleak and yet it is beautiful as well and truly compassionate towards the two women at its heart the writing itself is in a word awesome i'm not sure there is an English language writer living who can construct so many artful evocative poetic passages without sliding into over writing time and again i would stop to re read a phrase or a paragraph just to enjoy the beauty and depth of what was written nor does Blind Assassin beat the reader down with despair; much of the time i was so absorbed with the careful description of life in port ticonderoga between the wars and with enormously well developed characters that i was able to not feel as if i was in a boat slowly drifting towards a waterfall but in the end that waterfall was there and the characters and the reader all eventually tumble over such as sad experienceONLY SPOILERS AHEADpoor laura chase the secret and tragic hero of Blind Assassin a fascinating frustrating character by the end her motivations revealed it all made so much sense not a temptress neither vindictive nor vacant but simply a person out of place and out of her time her motivation to do good to understand God to live for herself to not live in a world of deceit or corruption i fell in love with her a little bit but really she's too deep for me too strange toonot for this worldiris griffen i was reminded of many things when trying to understand her character the tunnel vision of those madly in love their inability to recognize the thoughts and feelings of others; the frustrating blankness of those who let life carry them along the placidity that may appear to conceal depth but often is only a symptom of disengagement; and the potential villainy of that passivity that blankness this is a woman who thoughtlessly destroys her sister's reason for living who does nothing when that sister is carted off to an asylum who rejects the obvious need for love from her daughter who lets her daughter and granddaughter get carted away from her whose primary attribute is inaction until she is at long last able to engage in some good old fashioned revenge Blind Assassin has a pair of truly repulsive villains but the the reader is not allowed to see inside of them their motivations remain both shallow and shadowy but iris griffen is the real deal a character whose motivations the reader comes to understand a person whose yearning for love and for redemption and for independence is expressed in no uncertain terms a woman who is rendered so three dimensionally that the reader comes to understand almost every part of her a villain whose passivity allows the destruction of those she should protect