Tuesday, March 30, 2010

If You Liked: The Time Traveler's Wife

Then You'll Also Like
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Although one of these books involves actual time traveling and the other does not, you’ll find that they have the same effect. If you enjoyed the excitingly haphazard construction of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife--never knowing quite what will happen next—you’re sure to get sucked into the bizarre world of Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. Henry and Clare’s life of unpredictability and confusion is mirrored, although in quite a different way, in the existence of two sisters, Laura and Iris, who never could quite understand one another. The most important characteristic, and what makes each of these novels work, is the purposeful guidance the reader experiences, without even realizing it as the stories are written out of order with numerous interruptions. When at first the placement of events may seem chaotic, they are really carefully and intricately woven in just the right way.

While Niffenegger fills the bill by consistently letting you know age and time and place, Atwood creates the same affect by combining the main plot line with news articles, remembrances, and exotic and violent novellas. Each requires the mind to work out of sync, which will leave you reeling with endless possibilities. So if you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife, try out The Blind Assassin!

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