well, it’s turned out to be a wonderful read - kind of like my time with The Goldfinch, previously. even has the potential to be better than that. also flashing back to All Things Cease To Appear - another good book - and something I read ages ago, Clara Callan.
the parts narrated by Iris have a bit of glibness to them, at times, so I’m glad the book isn’t a “downer”; Iris can see the humor in aspects of her and Laura’s childhoods. maybe this book is in fact going to get bleak later - I don’t know - but hey, that’s what grown-ups have to face: things fall apart, you can’t be a kid, beside your sibling, forever. we’ll see what happens.
the ‘fiction within the fiction’ - that is, the sections of Laura’s novel The Blind Assassin - were of less interest to me earlier, but now that I’ve done the first long section narrated by Iris I find I have come out of that more interested in the content of Laura’s fiction. I guess this is simply because I know Laura at least a little bit now, and so care more about what her fiction is going to hint, or say outright, about her life, her death, and her mind.
I’ve previously read three Atwoods: The Handmaid’s Tale is the one I love, while Surfacing was merely an okay read for me - and I’ll be honest, Oryx and Crake often bored me (which was a surprise). The Blind Assassin seems more like one that will not bore me at all; it’s taking me back, a little, to one of my favorites - another family drama featuring daughters - Kentuckiana, by Johnny Payne.