McEwan, Ian

eBook - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain's most successful modern composer and Vernonis editor of the newspaper 'The Judge'. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorius right-winger tipped to be the next prime minster. In the days that follow Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences that neither could have foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits, and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A sharp contemporary morality tale, cleverly disguised as a comic novel.

Publisher: [S.l.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010
ISBN: 0307434796
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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Apr 11, 2010
  • Miranda5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read three quarters of the book, and to be honest, I still had no idea what the book was about, but that didn't matter. While the plot reveals itself towards the end, and the whole book works up to it, the plot line is surprisingly interesting. There wasn't a point during the story when I was actually bored and wishing I didn't have to read through the 175 pages.

Such a refreshing style! I enjoyed not knowing what I was reading.

That being said, did George plan everything to happen this way, or was it all a coincidence that it worked out the way it did? I love the little quirk at the end. Also, I can't get past how Clive sees music: it's like a vivid adventure--he can see the assent up the mountain, the twist in the labyrinth, etc.--and all of this is conveyed through the music. I'd love to see music as a series of scenes, like in a movie (e.g., flight of the bumblebee.. what would water skiing sound like if it were transformed into notes on a page?).

My review does it no justice, and I'm sure not everyone will agree with my assessment of the novel, but it's a pleasant read I'm sure to recommend.

Mar 07, 2010
  • mvincelli rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another weak Booker. Well-written, but dry. Very british.

Dec 05, 2007
  • Hadley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

McEwan's best books -- The Child In Time, Enduring Love and Atonement -- have indelible scenes and remarkable story lines. Every McEwan book has its charms, but this one has fewer than most. Won the Booker Prize in 1998.


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