My second Orange January 2011 was another example of outstanding CanLit: The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood. This is a book that I look forward to rereading sometime in the future. After I read it, this is what I had to say:
Rating: 4/5 stars
After an unavoidable distraction, I was able to return to The Blind Assassin. I finished it this morning. I love the nested stories (as someone wrote somewhere, the stories within the story are like a set of Russian dolls). I also liked how Atwood slowly revealed little details that twisted the story.
I just realized that this is my 11th Atwood book, and the final one from the original 1001 list. There are a couple I liked better, but this one was very, very good indeed.
Recommended for: I can see how this book isn't to everyone's tastes, but if you're looking for an interesting and meandering book to get lost in for a while, give this one a try.
Why I Read This Now: There were 6 Atwood books in the 2006 edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and I've been reading one a year. This was the last. I read it this month for Orange January because it was also an Orange finalist. Of course!