New PDF release: American Writers, Supplement XIII

By Leonard Unger, Jay Parini

ISBN-10: 0684312336

ISBN-13: 9780684312330

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Nate’s latest affair has ended, and now he is interested in Lesje, who works with Elizabeth. Lesje is an emotionally remote young woman more compelled by the dinosaurs she studies than by her live-in boyfriend, William. The story is told alternately from the points of view of Elizabeth, Nate, and Lesje in the third person. Nate and Lesje begin an affair. Elizabeth becomes jealous and arranges to meet with William about Nate and Lesje. After William finds out about Lesje’s infidelity, he rapes her, and Lesje moves out.

The actual person who is “the blind assassin” comes from this narrative. Interestingly, the larger story contains these themes too, including Iris’ domineering husband and family, a lost daughter, sexual sacrifice, suicide, and thwarted love infused with troublesome politics. In 2002 academic criticism had not caught up with The Blind Assassin; surely such a popular and critically successful novel will soon have a wealth of criticism on it. Again Atwood’s work demonstrates the dangers of romantic mythologies.

Text by Edward Abbey. Photographs by Eliot Porter. New York: Dutton, 1970. Slickrock: The Canyon Country of Southeast Utah. Text by Edward Abbey. Photographs and additional commentary by Philip Hyde. San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1971. Cactus Country. New York: Time-Life, 1973. The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey. Journal by Edward Abbey. Photographs by John Blaustein. New York: Viking, 1977. Desert Images: An American Landscape. Text by Edward Abbey. Photographs by David Muench. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1979.

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