In her tenth novel, Margaret Atwood again demonstrates that she has mastered the art of creating dense, complex fictions from carefully layered narratives, making use of an array of literary devices – flashbacks, multiple time schemes, ambiguous, indeterminate plots – and that she can hook her readers by virtue of her exceptional story-telling skills. The Blind Assassin is not a book that can easily be put to one side, in spite of its length and the fact that its twists and turns occasionally try the patience; yet it falls short of making the emotional impact that its suggestive and slippery plot at times promises.
Initially, the omens are good, with the introduction of a familiar Atwood protagonist. Iris Chase Griffen, like the heroines of Surfacing and Cat’s Eye , has embarked on a return journey to her past from the isolated outpost of the present. Unlike them, her voyage is not literal…read more