An A to Z of Books and Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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

B icon from the A to Z blogging challengeI 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.

5 thoughts on “An A to Z of Books and Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood”

  1. Haven’t heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. Will have to put it on my to read list after the challenge is over. It is always fun to have a book theme for the challenge, people can come up with a lot of new books to read at the end of it 🙂

    enjoy the rest of the challenge!


    1. Hi there – Like you I tried reading this book several years ago and put it aside. Good to hear you picked it up again and enjoyed it. I agree, sometimes it is in the timing whether a book is a good read or not. Maybe I will revisit The Blind Assassin again. Thanks

  2. I think it is admirable that you tried to read a book that you once put down. There are so many books so little time, I don’t go back to ones I didn’t finish. There are so many books on my to-read list I doubt I’ll ever get through it. As I meet more authors there are more and more books I want to read. Enjoy the A to Z!
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