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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Beginnings: The Blind Assassin

Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

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"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge. The bridge was being repaired: she went right through the Danger sign. The car feel a hundred feet into the ravine, smashing through the treetops feathery with new leaves, then burst into flames and rolled down into the shallow creek at the bottom. Chunks of the bridge fell on top of it. Nothing much was left of her but charred smithereens."

Thoughts on Intro: The Blind Assassin starts with a very tragic and mysterious beginning that reels the reader in quickly. This book has been on my To Read list for quite a while and I am excited to finally pull it down from the shelf and dig into this 521 page book. The story does not flow chronologically which can often be challenging in keeping the reader's attention but will definitely impact the mystery of this story as it unravels.

About the Book (from wikipedia): The Blind Assassin is an award-winning, bestselling 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 back to events that span the twentieth century. The work was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2000 and the Hammett Prize in 2001. It was also nominated for Governor General's Award in 2000, Orange Prize for Fiction, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2002.[1] Time magazine named it the best novel of 2000 and included it in its list of the 100 greatest English-language novels since 1923.

About the Author (from Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.

Happy Reading,


  1. I've been meaning to read more Margaret Atwood for a very long time, especially this book and The Handmaid's Tale. The opening lines sounds like it definitely gives the reader a sense of what the novel will centre around. Thanks for sharing this, happy reading! :)

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  2. I didn't realize this book had won so many awards! I'll have to read it for sure. The opening definitely grabbed me.
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  3. I had to study 'The Handmaid's Tale' in school, which kind of ruined Atwood for me, but I'm determined to give her another shot! This one definitely sounds like it could be good! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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  4. I love Atwood's books, and this one is one I'd like to reread, since it's been awhile. Thanks for bringing it to our attention...and enjoy!

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  5. I have that one at my TBR list too. Don't know when I will get around to reading it though. My Post

  6. Sounds pretty good. I haven't read too many Margaret Atwood books, though.

    THANKS for sharing.

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