The Blind Assassin

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The Blind Assassin was not a good book to read for summer reading, not for a sophomore class, and not even for any other high school class. Written by Margaret Atwood and published in the year 2001, The Blind Assassin received nominations and awards, and was named one of Time's Top Books of the 20th Century. It follows the recollection of memories from Iris Chase Griffin as she recalls her childhood and her unhappy marriage, and the details of her sister Laura, as an elderly lady. The novel also contains a novel within it, excerpts of the fictional Blind Assassin written by Laura Chase. Sure the books sounds interesting, and yes it has won a few awards, but does that make it a proper book for just anyone to read? The Blind Assassin is not in the league of such classics, and its comprehension may be a bit advanced for any skilled or unskilled reader, much less a high school student. First that someone who has read the book will notice is that it's a very hard book to keep track of and comprehend. You're keeping track of three perspectives: Iris' present, Iris' past, and the novel-within-the-novel, that later…show more content…
Is there really anything to learn for this book? There might be if you can find it. The Blind Assassin is not like some books where the point the author is trying to make screams at you or you can find easy to moderately easy with work. The Blind Assassin's point is very hard to interpret and it can just seem that Atwood is only trying to tell a story of sorts, and not teach a lesson. The characters are very unrelatable, except for maybe some aspects of their personality, so it's very hard to learn any sort of lesson from them entirely or personally. Usually if a book is assigned for summer reading, the teacher or school wants students to be able to take something out of the book to prepare them for what they will be tackling in-class for the next nine months. The Blind Assassin does not exactly fit said

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