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Ian McEwan wrote a fantastic book about Saturday in which a man’s entire life ran, nearly away, before his eyes.  Henry is a brain surgeon, usually in control of making sure other people’s lives don’t run away only to be confronted by his own mortality in the shape of a deranged youth.  296 more words


Ian McEwan, La ballata di Adam Henry

Ian McEwan su amazonAvevo detto forse che avrei resistito? L’avevo detto?? Ma come avrei potuto se vado ora confessandovi che lo Ian è stato per lungo tempo uno dei miei scrittori contemporanei preferiti? 221 more words


Book Review: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

There are times during The Children Act when Ian McEwan seemed to be trying to out Ian McEwan himself, such was his commitment to imagining his now familiar to the-point-of-parody urban middle class life. 789 more words


Frustratingly Overwrought: Ian McEwan's 'Atonement'

I am often flummoxed by the critical praise and general adoration that certain novels receive. Atonement has been added to that list.

After hearing many good things about Ian McEwan’s novels over the years, I have unfortunately found myself among those who find his writing unimpressive, even offensive. 2,074 more words

Book Reviews

Book Review: Atonement

Beginning in the English countryside in the 1930s, going through WW2 and ending in the present day, Atonement is essentially a story about a lie. Nothing too ground-breaking there, a story above forgiveness based around a lie. 314 more words


Book Review: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

What’s it about?

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. 426 more words

Book Review

Her array of feelings

This was not strictly accurate but, …, she could never have described her array of feelings: …

(p. 84)

Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach