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Blind Assassin
Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin," "it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Brilliantly weaving together such seemingly disparate elements, Atwood creates a world of astonishing vision and unforgettable impact.
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 2000 Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin was published by McClelland and Stewart. Atwood's 13th novel was her first to win the Booker Prize, and also took home the Hammett Prize, among other nominations. Despite mixed reaction from critics, the award buzz spurred it to become second only to Handmaid's Tale for international book sales. #HistoryGetsLIT

BiblioLitten This is my favourite book by Atwood. 5mo
Jaimelire Great book 5mo
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ICantImReading
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5 ⭐️s! I know this isn‘t news to anyone… but Margaret Atwood‘s writing is exquisite. I loved the story within a story, the witty and reflective passages about aging, the incisive examination of traditional gender roles, and the way she captured humans‘ yearning to be remembered. Even though it‘s long, I still felt sad to turn the final page in Iris Chase‘s story - like saying a wistful goodbye to a great friend. #BOTM #botmbacklist #botmbacklog

LeslieO I loved this book! I accidentally left it in a coffee shop when I was halfway thru, I went back immediately but it was gone. So I went to the right to the bookstore and bought another copy so I could finish it! 5mo
ICantImReading @LeslieO oh noooo haha! I‘m sorry that happened to you! I hope whoever picked it up liked it, too 😆 5mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! 🙌🏻 I need to read this. 5mo
ICantImReading @UwannaPublishme thank you so much! It‘s a chunkster, so you have to be in the right mood, but it‘s very worth it! 🥰 5mo
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starlight97
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"The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it. Impossible, of course."

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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jlhammar
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Atwood is one of my favorite authors and this, for me, is one of her best.

#ByYourFavoriteAuthor #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Addison_Reads I love Atwood. I have yet to read this book though, so perhaps it's time to bump it up on my TBR. 8mo
IuliaC A very good one! 8mo
JackOBotts Yes! This is a favorite of mine, as well. 8mo
LeahBergen That‘s one of my favourites, too. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice 📚❤️ 8mo
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LapReader
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Once again the book swap delivers.

MrsMalaprop Nice 📚. Hope you manage to get the post office to pick up your package 📦 today 🤞. 1y
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SarahBookInterrupted
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I‘ve never been disappointed with one of Margaret Atwood‘s novels. Her character development is always excellent. I loved how this book told you the end, then jump backed to the beginning and worked you towards the answers, slowly. There are undertones that are suggested, but not fully revealed until later. Which I loved because that is how life works you can see all the clues in hindsight. It was a complicated story but revealed nicely.

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IuliaC
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My first novel by Margaret Atwood and definitely not the last. The general theme and family drama is quite common, nevertheless it is brilliantly illustrated with truly outstanding writing.
Although I have figured out two of the three mysteries or plot twists before the end of the book, it was still a pleasure to let myself absorbed by the fabulously depicted timelines and watch the characters' destinies unfold.

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wideeyedreader
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My second Atwood, and a very good read! I spent a lot of the book putting clues and foreshadowing together to figure out the end—and I was right, too! I really liked reading this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was also my #doublespin for this month

ICantImReading I hope to get to this one this fall - it‘s been sitting on my shelf for too long! 📚🧡 1y
Cathythoughts My favorite Atwood 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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TCLinrow
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I'm about a third of the way through....

Ok, I have to ask... is it worth carrying on? I enjoy the sections with the story of the blind assassin - the book within the book - but I dont care much for Laura or Iris, or anyone else in the flash backs, and old Iris isn't any more interesting than her younger self....

Ruthiella I preferred the story within the story to the frame story as well. There‘s a twist at the end though I don‘t know that it will redeem the rest of the book for you. 2y
Scochrane26 I‘ve read it twice & had forgotten a lot of it before I read it the 2nd time. Both times, I wasn‘t sure about it, until the ending, which I love. 2y
BookwormM I loved this one 2y
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 67 (Audible edition) - missed a few days so posting multiples today

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Sha0102
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Loved it!!! 5💜

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catsuit_mango
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It is a strange kind of book I do not really know what it is where it s going... Pleasant to read but an ovni for now. #bookandtea

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EadieB Great quote! 2y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs 👍🏼👌🏼👍🏼!!! 2y
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Storied
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#3books that were recommended to me. (And I liked)

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👍🏻 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚😊📚 2y
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nidhinb
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This, I-
It's long alright, and it can be boring at the start but, you know what, it's really good. The language, the one liners, the depth of the characters, the wah she fluidly sets the backdrop, wow.
I'd recommend it any day.

Cathythoughts My fave Atwood ❤️ 2y
BookwormM One of my favs 2y
nidhinb @BookwormM Rightly so 2y
nidhinb @Cathythoughts this is the first one I've read from her work, definitely won't be the last though. 2y
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LeahBergen
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@KVanRead is hosting this lovely giveaway!

1. Tagged. A twisty bit of brilliance.

2. I‘ll have to go with my lifelong fave, L.M. Montgomery.

3. Fish and chips with dressing and gravy (It‘s a Newfoundland thing and it‘s exactly what it sounds like: battered fish and fries covered with turkey stuffing and gravy. Don‘t knock it until you‘ve woke up in St. John‘s with a crashing hangover and tried it 😆).

I‘ll tag 🇨🇦 lover, @Cathythoughts !

KVanRead Yay! Thank you for playing! Awesome choices. You picked my favorite Atwood and of course where‘d we be without Anne with an E? Never tried the Newfie chips but sounds weirdly delicious like a Newfie poutine 😋 3y
MsMelissa Newfie chips, eh? 🤣😂 3y
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AlaMich That sounds pretty tasty to me and I don‘t even have a hangover! 3y
LeahBergen @KVanRead Oops, I got so long-winded about the Newfie chips that I forgot the hashtag! 😆 3y
LeahBergen @AlaMich 😆 It is! 3y
KVanRead 🤣 3y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Fish & chips 😋 How I use to enjoy eating those. @KVanRead Newfie chips ☺️ 3y
BiblioLitten Love all your answers!!🇨🇦😍 3y
batsy Yup, what @AlaMich said! 😁 3y
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag 👍🏻 loving the sound of the those fish & chips ! A favorite in this country too ( not with the turkey gravy though) I remember when ours were sold wrapped up on old newspapers 3y
LeahBergen @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira And now I‘m craving them. 😆 3y
LeahBergen @batsy 😆😆 3y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts We used to get them in newspaper here, too (in the 1970s 😆)! 3y
Billypar Blind Assassin is my favorite Atwood and one of my all -time favourite books period - I need to plan a reread at some point. 3y
LeahBergen @Billypar I was thinking the same thing when I picked it for this post. 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @Billypar Blind Assassin is my fave Atwood too , I loved it. Apart from that , I‘m not a huge fan ( blasphemy) . I did enjoy the TV Handmaids tale though . Oh I did love Alias Grace too (edited) 3y
Billypar @Cathythoughts I actually have a hard time placing how much I love Atwood because I was reading her before I was a big reader and didn't know many authors at the time. So I've read many more of hers than most authors, but I also haven't read one in years. 3y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I know what you mean. I‘m not a big “dystopian” fan, so many of her novels with that theme are a bit “meh” for me. Alias Grace is one of my favourites of hers, as well. I also LOVED Cat‘s Eye (and I think you would like The Robber Bride, as well). 😘 3y
LeahBergen @Billypar That‘s a bit like me. I read so much of her work when I was much younger. 3y
Sparklemn I wasn‘t a fan of Handmaid‘s Tale - #unpopularopinion - but this one sounds more up my alley. 2y
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TheSpineView
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gradcat Cool. 😎 3y
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JoScho
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JenniferEgnor Because even though humans won‘t admit it, there‘s a deep fascination with death. 3y
gradcat It does seem sort of frightening to think and having lived, and having been forgotten...that‘s almost more frightening than facing death itself, I think. Nice choice! 👍 3y
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crazyspine
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I had trouble following at times as certain scenes felt like they were covered in fog. It was also very long, but it's beautifully written. I wanted to highlight the entire book for my quote collection.

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arlenefinnigan
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This is a remarkable twisty novel. The different plot threads are brilliantly woven together and the characters are intriguing. It's quite a page turner (it's not clearly who's doing or has done what until the end), and really dark.

BookwormM One of my favourite books 3y
batsy I loved this. 3y
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vivastory
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📚I know several others have selected it, but I have to pick Blind Assassin.
🖋Borges
🎥 Breakfast at Tiffany
🎸Beatles
🎶Bad Reputation (Joan Jett version)
#ManicMonday #LetterB @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊💜 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 13: a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950 written by a woman

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LiterRohde
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Saturday Shot 🍩 Doughnut Don Edition 🍩 || The Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood

“as you ramble on through life,
whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.”

📷: Made with Typorama
📙: Taroko Tomoe River Notebook 68gsm A5 dot grid cream paper
🖋: Orange M Parker 15
🩸: Diamine Golden Sands
🍻: OG, Maple & Bourbon Barrel Aged Doughnut Don Imperial Stout

LiterRohde and NO, I was not about to redo the quote - again. i already had three redos. page spillage; sorry, not sorry. 3y
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whimsicalreads
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"I'm not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it."

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
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perfectsinner
Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood
Bailedbailed

Nope, just couldn't.

violabrain Try again - this book is amazing! It takes a bit to get into, though... 3y
perfectsinner This was my second attempt and I only made it 50 pages 3y
Smrloomis @perfectsinner I read this and did not like it at all 🤷🏻‍♀️ It just wasn‘t for me. 3y
perfectsinner @Smrloomis I wasn't into it at fifty pages, so I'm glad I didn't waste more of my time. Glad to know I'm not alone 3y
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LapReader
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1. I teach high school kids with literacy issues. 2. 3 Frizzle Bantam chooks called Tom Tom (incorrectly named after a Star Wars character, Margarita (a bitch named by my step daughters after their father & my fav cocktail) & Stormy (Loves to be cuddled). 3. Literature. 4. Margaret has been a long time fav. 5. Journals. 6. Since I was ten. 7. Tea. Not a coffee drinker. I tried. Love the smell though. 8. Yes, in my Fav quotes journal. 9. Turquoise.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I also keep a quote journal 📓 3y
Crazeedi I used to keep a quote journal, but somewhere along the way I stopped, you just inspired me to start again,😍❤ 3y
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Moray_Reads
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ I loved this book. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen for some reason I always forget quite how good a writer she is. And how clever 3y
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😂 😂

LeahBergen 😆😆 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Wow, after 7 months of reading & rereading The Blind Assassin I finally finished it whilst tidying & cataloguing my bookshelves.
Wow, because the ending was unexpected. I have been thinking about these characters all day since I finished it. I miss them, as I usually do when I complete a book, but I'm replaying lines & conversations trying to put all of the pieces together. I think I'm going to have to read the last juicy quarter again!

SamAnne A used copy has been on my shelf for years. I will put it closer to the bedside. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes... I read this one last year, such a great twisty little story...and yes, it sticks with you! 3y
JackOBotts A wonderful novel. So glad you enjoyed! 3y
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BookingitwithSandra You have a wonderful collection of books. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @SamAnne oh wonderful. Choose a period in your life where you can give this book time. I hope you enjoy it. I wish I had my own hardcopy. I had to borrow and reserve and reborrow a number of times and same as the audiobook. I will always look for it on my travels to second hand shops. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Lifeisasnap Thank you so very much. Would you believe they all are carefully double stacked to use the most space on each shelf. I love browsing through them and toying with which I should read next. I have so many, if only I was a speed reader! But I plan to enjoy my books as much as possible and share whenever I can. Can't wait for some down time in January! 3y
Lcsmcat I loved this one. I think a reread might be in order. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Lcsmcat Yes, I wonder if I'll ever attempt to read this one again. I feel like I've read it 3 times as it is, as I constantly went back and re-read chapters and parts most of the way through, and I'm still going on re-reading the last few chapters in the book. Good luck with the re-read. How long has it been? 3y
Lcsmcat Maybe 8 years? I‘m not sure. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Lcsmcat That sounds like a good length of time between reads 🙂. I'm reading The Power of One as well as Memoirs of a Geisha after 20 years from when I first read them both. Loving reliving their stories, so familiar yet so many details I'd forgotten. 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Things to do....
Xmas shopping
Gift wrapping
Clear space for tree
Put up Christmas Tree
Prepare for my childs pre birthday, birthday dinner
Clean entire house for House inspection this Friday
Prepare both kits for work (balloons & face paint)
Clean costumes
Help out at school Christmas event/concert this week
Food shopping
Meal prep
Clean cat box

Me today....

The last leg of The Blind Assassin!

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Moray_Reads
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!. The Blind Assassin, The Crow Road, and Girl, Woman, Other
2 “This morning I woke with a feeling of dread“
3. Tea as soon as possible!
#weekendreads

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Billypar
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#iconic #MOvember
I think Atwood is one of our most iconic living authors. One of my early favorite authors when I started getting into reading as an adult.
@Cinfhen

readordierachel Yes! Great choice. 3y
Cinfhen Aside from this Testaments debacle I agree, she is iconic and deserves all the accolades but not this year‘s Booker Prize 🤪 3y
Billypar @readordierachel Definitely a literary rockstar 🙄🎸 3y
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Billypar @Cinfhen She's probably my second-most read author but I feel disconnected from all the hype - I want to read it eventually, but there are probably still a few older ones of hers I'd read first. 3y
Cinfhen I need to read Alia Grace this year!!!! 3y
readordierachel @Cinfhen You do! Alias Grace is so good. 3y
Cinfhen @readordierachel hoping to fit it into a challenge box this year!‘maybe #BottomOfYourTBR #Booked2020 3y
Billypar @Cinfhen @readordierachel Weirdly, I'm not a huge Alias Grace fan - I liked it, just not compared to her others (but I'm definitely in the minority on this!). I think my top three are Blind Assassin, Oryx & Crake, and Cat's Eye. 3y
readordierachel Interesting! I've not read Blind Assassin or Cat's Eye yet (I know, I know, and I call myself a fan). I do love the MaddAddam trilogy, def more than Alias Grace, but I still thought the latter was really good. It has a different feel though. Maybe because it's based on a true story? 3y
Billypar @readordierachel Oh, I'm jealous - you've got two really good ones in store! I read all my Atwoods close together (around 2009-2013) so I mostly just remember my broad impressions and not a ton of specifics to back them up. Though maybe the same could be said about what I read last year, lol 😶 3y
readordierachel Ha! Same. 3y
Cinfhen Cat‘s Eye is on my list too and The Blind Assassin was fantastic @readordierachel 3y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 3y
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thewallflower0707
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Did I read any book this week?

No.

Did I order two more books?

Yes.

#HappyHalloween #newpurchase #newin #buyingbooks #bookshopping

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Twinning!
My number's coming up on the copy of this book from one Library Municipality, so luckily I am new member of a neighboring Municipality (after moving house recently I joined my new local library). So I can return the due one & keep reading!!

I must say, that after reading the first copy (clearly in very new condition) the second copy I've borrowed looks & feels quite well read.
I think I might have changed my views on old vs new books...

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Ok, I've only got 2 weeks before this book is due back.
I've had it for 14 weeks and have only made it a 1/3 of the way through, although I must say, I'm really enjoying it and feel quite invested in the family story so far.
Now that I've come this far, I hope I can get through a decent chunk before Return Day!! But with Halloween looming I'm afraid my work will take my focus over the next 2 weeks.
I might consider a personal Atwood collection 😊

JackOBotts This book is a favorite of mine. Good luck & enjoy! 3y
Lcsmcat It‘s worth renewing if you can. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Thank you @JackOBotts , glad to hear you enjoyed it! The more Atwood I read the more I feel like I'd like my own personal collection to have right here at home. Future goals 😉 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Lcsmcat oh yeah, I fully intend on borrowing this book again, unless by some miracle I finish it within the next 14 days! I've come this far, I don't think I'd be able to just let this one go. 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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"Do I mean to say he didn't love her? Not at all. He loved her; in some ways he was devoted to her. But he couldn't reach her, and it was the same on her side. It was as if they'd drunk some fatal potion that would keep them forever apart, even though they lived in the same house, ate at the same table, slept in the same bed.
What would that be like-to long, to yearn for one who is right there before your eyes, day in and day out? I'll never know"

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"Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious. They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized. Then, later, they spring."

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Ok, so I'm still reading this book, after 3 months
I feel like this might be my 4th time round. I got halfway through on audio but as it was getting good, I had many questions & I thought perhaps Id missed important details. So I began it again, on audio. It was suggested I read a physical copy to gain a better understanding so I'm doing that. I'm only 100 pages in & I'm taking notes this time. Yes, I'm getting it now, backed up 3rd time w/audio!

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BekaReid
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Lazy Sunday readin. And, yes, I am wearing Penguin PJ pants in September 🐧🐧🐧

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JackOBotts
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Kalalalatja
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Day 1: #7days7covers #CoverCrush

You up for joining @ephemeralwaltz ? Just post a gorgeous cover each day for a week 🙌

BarbaraBB It will be so easy for you to come up with a great cover for a week - with your collection 😍 3y
Cinfhen Echoing @BarbaraBB 💕 3y
ephemeralwaltz Oh I'm definitely in! This'll help me get back into regular posting. Will post later😘 3y
Blaire So pretty! 3y
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Lcsmcat
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And no one like Atwood to inspire #literacy! #quotsysept19 @TK-421

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Jemmygem
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What a well written book At times I felt like I would like to call her up and come for coffee to talk about her life. I could hear this very interesting character in my mind.

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