The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

About the book

More than fifty years on, Iris Chase is remembering Laura’s mysterious death. And so begins an extraordinary and compelling story of two sisters and their secrets. Set against a panoramic backdrop of twentieth-century history, The Blind Assassin is an epic tale of memory, intrigue and betrayal…

Reviewed by North Baddesley W. I. Reading Group:

We all found it difficult to ‘get in’ to the book. Two out of eight didn’t complete the book. The rest of us were glad to complete and understand the authors intentions.

Star rating: *

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10 thoughts on “The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group :
    It is impossible to give this a star rating as opinion varied from 1 to 4 stars. Not an easy read, a book that benefits from a second reading. All agreed the descriptive passages were a delight; it was the content and form of the novel that caused problems. It generated the longest discussions we had on any book, a discussion not just on content, which is well worth talking about, but also on literary form – not a common event!
    Rating: unknown

  2. Review by Monks Brook U3A Reading group:
    Difference of opinion – some members felt it was confusing, lacked depth of characters – they didn’t come to life. Many thought that the “Blind Assassin” story contained gratuitous violence and was unnecessary to the plot. Other members enjoyed the book very much – many layers of meaning, well crafted plot, a novel of great depth, hard to put down.
    Star rating: ** (although group members rated it from * to ****!)

  3. Review by Bridewell BeautiesReading Group:
    Didn’t find characters empathetic. Difficult to get into, but some descriptions very vivid. Not any easy book to read.
    Star rating: **

  4. Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
    Epic novel; well written, multilayered, carefully constructed interweaving of many lives. Excellent use of language; thought provoking, incisive portraits of sisterly relationship and life in old age. Chilly atmosphere pervades. Mixed feelings on sci-fi aspect. Provoked lengthy discussion of history, relationships and love.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Hook Reading Group:
    Provoked lots of discussion – gave rise to strong opinions, not liked by everyone.
    Star rating: **

  6. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI Reading Group:
    Language excellent. Complex plot – interesting characters. Autobiographical in structure/style/family history. Social history. Plot within plot tended to hold up the action. Choice of title difficult to understand.
    Star rating: ***

  7. Review by Anton Bookies U3A reading group:
    A good story, mostly easy to read apart from the sci-fi sections. However, the group felt the book was far too long. Difficult to follow, too rambling.
    Star rating: ***

  8. Review by Southampton U3A Reading Group:
    The majority were impressed with this novel which was three narratives. The first a story of Irene Chase’s life which was an interesting social history of the 30’s and 40’s in Toronto. The group was less sure of the value of the pulp science fiction novel.
    Star rating: ***

  9. Review by Bookends reading Group:
    Very long, complicated, confusing. All did not enjoy the book. When chosen it was expected that it would be different – especially being a Booker prize!! Would not recommend – though bits were interesting. Some did not complete reading….!!!

  10. Review by Stubbington Bookends
    After a slow and confusing start most really enjoyed it. Margaret Atwood’s writing draws you in and the three stories are intertwined, making you empathise with Iris and Laura. Most wanted to keep reading to see how it would end. A couple of us found it depressing but the majority thought it well worth the read.
    Star rating: ** to ****

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

About the book

More than fifty years on, Iris Chase is remembering Laura’s mysterious death. And so begins an extraordinary and compelling story of two sisters and their secrets. Set against a panoramic backdrop of twentieth-century history, The Blind Assassin is an epic tale of memory, intrigue and betrayal…

Reviewed by North Baddesley W. I. Reading Group:

We all found it difficult to ‘get in’ to the book. Two out of eight didn’t complete the book. The rest of us were glad to complete and understand the authors intentions.

Star rating: *

Read the book


Reserve your copy of The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood online now

10 thoughts on “The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group :
    It is impossible to give this a star rating as opinion varied from 1 to 4 stars. Not an easy read, a book that benefits from a second reading. All agreed the descriptive passages were a delight; it was the content and form of the novel that caused problems. It generated the longest discussions we had on any book, a discussion not just on content, which is well worth talking about, but also on literary form – not a common event!
    Rating: unknown

  2. Review by Monks Brook U3A Reading group:
    Difference of opinion – some members felt it was confusing, lacked depth of characters – they didn’t come to life. Many thought that the “Blind Assassin” story contained gratuitous violence and was unnecessary to the plot. Other members enjoyed the book very much – many layers of meaning, well crafted plot, a novel of great depth, hard to put down.
    Star rating: ** (although group members rated it from * to ****!)

  3. Review by Bridewell BeautiesReading Group:
    Didn’t find characters empathetic. Difficult to get into, but some descriptions very vivid. Not any easy book to read.
    Star rating: **

  4. Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
    Epic novel; well written, multilayered, carefully constructed interweaving of many lives. Excellent use of language; thought provoking, incisive portraits of sisterly relationship and life in old age. Chilly atmosphere pervades. Mixed feelings on sci-fi aspect. Provoked lengthy discussion of history, relationships and love.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Hook Reading Group:
    Provoked lots of discussion – gave rise to strong opinions, not liked by everyone.
    Star rating: **

  6. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI Reading Group:
    Language excellent. Complex plot – interesting characters. Autobiographical in structure/style/family history. Social history. Plot within plot tended to hold up the action. Choice of title difficult to understand.
    Star rating: ***

  7. Review by Anton Bookies U3A reading group:
    A good story, mostly easy to read apart from the sci-fi sections. However, the group felt the book was far too long. Difficult to follow, too rambling.
    Star rating: ***

  8. Review by Southampton U3A Reading Group:
    The majority were impressed with this novel which was three narratives. The first a story of Irene Chase’s life which was an interesting social history of the 30’s and 40’s in Toronto. The group was less sure of the value of the pulp science fiction novel.
    Star rating: ***

  9. Review by Bookends reading Group:
    Very long, complicated, confusing. All did not enjoy the book. When chosen it was expected that it would be different – especially being a Booker prize!! Would not recommend – though bits were interesting. Some did not complete reading….!!!

  10. Review by Stubbington Bookends
    After a slow and confusing start most really enjoyed it. Margaret Atwood’s writing draws you in and the three stories are intertwined, making you empathise with Iris and Laura. Most wanted to keep reading to see how it would end. A couple of us found it depressing but the majority thought it well worth the read.
    Star rating: ** to ****

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