Black Dogs

Black Dogs

Book - 1999
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Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall,  Black Dogs  is the intimate story of the crumbling of a marriage, as witnessed by an outsider. Jeremy is the son-in-law of Bernard and June Tremaine, whose union and estrangement began almost simultaneously. Seeking to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences Bernard and June cannot reconcile, Jeremy undertakes writing June's memoirs, only to be led back again and again to one terrifying encouner forty years earlier--a moment that, for June, was as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy's own time. In a finely crafted, compelling examination of evil and grace, Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civiliation's darkest moods--its black dogs--with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1999, c1992
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385494328
0385494327
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCEWAN 1999
Characteristics: xxiv, 149 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 25, 2013

A short, political pre-Atonement novel from McEwan. So I think the black dogs are some kind of symbol, but there are real dogs too.

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beckylunatic
Oct 29, 2012

I hated the nonsense she filled her head with, but I loved her seriousness.

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