For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways.
B is for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
I read this back in 2013. Really I could have chosen any Margaret Atwood novel (or at least any of the ones I’ve read) as I’m slowly working my way through her backlist and have found all the ones I’ve read so far intriguing and interesting. They are enjoyable but not in the most obvious of ways. I knew I would include one of her books just not which. But I needed a book for B so The Blind Assassin it is.
This was a book that I originally tried to read and put aside only to return to some years later and manage to finish this time. Whether the difference was the first time I tried to read the paperback from the library and the second I had the audiobook (pretty much all the of the Atwood I’ve read has been audio) or whether the difference was simply it was the right time I’m not sure.
Blind Assassin is an epic both in terms of length and in terms of it’s scope which spans many years. It had a twist that I didn’t see coming and relationships that I found realistic. It’s probably not the first book that comes to mind when people mention Atwood (I suspect that’s The Handmaid’s Tale which I agree is good) and it’s not usually the one I recommend to people starting with her books (that’s Alias Grace) but it’s well worth reading and a book that stayed with me for a long time.