I had to read The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, for my Canadian Literature class this week. I enjoyed the read, even though my edition was 600+ pages long, and some parts were drawn out too long in my opinion. I liked how she incorporated all those story lines and different levels of narration, and thought she pulled them off pretty well. We were scheduled to have a guest lecture by an Atwood expert, and I was looking forward to that. Unfortunately, the guest lecturer wanted to share a bit too much information with us, which meant we wrote for three hours straight, flipping from back to front and back again in the book to understand all her references and sometimes obscure points. I resolved then and there never to go into academics; I like reading too much for that.
I had read The Handmaid’s Tale, by the same author, while on roadtrip, and I enjoyed that one even more than The Blind Assassin. It has to do with both religion and feminism, subjects I am both interested in, especially the interaction of the two. So it was right up my alley. While searching for a picture to put on this blog, I saw it had been made into a movie in 1990. I might see if I can find that somewhere, it should be interesting to see what they did with Atwood’s writing.