I just finished Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin. It's a hard book to describe, because it's so many things - a romance, a mystery, a science-fiction story, a history... so many things in one, and all told with such care. Atwood is a master storyteller and expert at drawing a reader into a world that's *not quite* real, but at the same time so close and familiar. If all my thoughts could be phrased in Atwood's prose, life would be so much more beautiful.
I've deeply enjoyed the three Atwood novels I've read - this one, The Handmaid's Tale, and Alias Grace. Each is so unique and shimmering. There's a comfortable uncomfortableness about them... more experienced and breathed and stretched around in, than read.
The kind of books you're sad to see end, but know the whole time that the end will be a great satisfaction.
A truly excellent way to start off my year of reading more.
Next up - Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.