Search Results: "Ian McEwan"


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THE INNOCENT by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 1990

"McEwan's clinical account of dismemberment reminds us of the dark imagination displayed in his other work—it's also bound to turn off the wider audience who would otherwise enjoy this clean and clever fiction."
McEwan's latest—his best shot at a popular novel—is something of a departure from his previous work (The Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers, etc.), but no less skillful in design or execution. Read full book review >

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THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1981

"So, once again, McEwan seems to be a huge talent constricted by the need to preach, philosophize, or work out private obsessions; and one can only hope that writing beguiling but disappointing essay-stories like this one will free him to write more wide-ranging, full-visioned fiction in the future."
The Ian McEwan paradox continues. Read full book review >

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FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1975

"Provocation of a sort, but is it really justified by such an overwhelming fetor?"
McEwan is a young Englishman whose first collection of short stories (five have appeared in little magazines) has been compared to Dahl and Collier. Read full book review >

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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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ON CHESIL BEACH by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2007

"This latest from England's foremost contemporary novelist feels just right."

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AMSTERDAM by Ian McEwan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Middle-brow fiction British style, strong on the surface, vapid at the center."
Winner of this year's Booker Prize, McEwan's latest (Black Dogs, 1992; Enduring Love, 1998) is a smartly written tale that devolves slowly into tricks and soapy vapors. Read full book review >

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ENDURING LOVE by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Painful and powerful work by one of England's best novelists."
A sad, chilling, precise exploration of deranged love, by the author of, among other works, the novels The Innocent (1990) and Black Dogs (1992). Read full book review >

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BLACK DOGS by Ian McEwan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"His lapidary prose neatly disguises his search for transcendence."
As in McEwan's last novel, The Innocent (1990), the Berlin Wall plays an important symbolic role in this fictional meditation on evil—a pseudo-memoir written from a post-cold-war perspective. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding in a way he hasn't done so well since On Chesil Beach (2007)."
In the late summer of 2012, a British judge faces a complex case while dealing with her husband's infidelity in this thoughtful, well-wrought novel. Read full book review >

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SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Britain's foremost living novelist has written a book—often as drily funny as it is thoughtful—that somehow both subverts and fulfills every expectation its protagonist has for fiction."
A subtly and sweetly subversive novel which seems more characteristic of its author as it becomes increasingly multilayered and labyrinthine in its masterful manipulation of the relationship(s) between fiction and truth. Read full book review >

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SATURDAY by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2005

"A sort of middle-class humanist manifesto: when you find yourself fortunate beyond all measure in a random universe, gratitude, generosity, and compassion are a decent response."
An increasingly mellowed but no less gripping McEwan (Atonement, 2002, etc.) portrays a single day in the life of a well-off upper-middle-class Londoner, blessed in every conceivable way. Read full book review >

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THE CHILD IN TIME by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 1987

"Though intensely cinematic, this subtle and complex novel would require a director of like narrative daring and imaginative genius."
With none of his previous delight in things macabre, McEwan sets a story of domestic horror against a disorienting exploration in time, and ends up with a work of remarkable intellectual and political sophistication—his most expansive and passionate fiction to date. Read full book review >