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The Cement Gardenby Ian McEwan
Long before Atonement, Ian McEwan was one sick, dirty little boy. And for that I am grateful. The Cement Garden is his most deeply macabre novel. Within the lives of four orphaned children, McEwan casts spells so dark and twisted, there is no room for plot. The unfathomable decisions that shape their sheltered universe make for character studies so unnerving you won't be able to look away.
This excellent novel explores the lengths to which children may go to preserve their family when both parents die. McEwan has a way of making any situation absolutely hum with tension. Here he is amazing, as always. Shocking, disturbing, and haunting.
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In this tour de force of psychological unease — now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack — McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting — or denying.
"A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery — and irresistibly readable....The effect achieved by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism — a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels." New York Review of Books
"Darkly impressive." The Times (London)
"A sparkling and adventurous writer." Dennis Potter
"Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies." Washington Post Book World
"Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable." Sunday Times (London)
"A superb achievement: his prose has instant, lucid beauty and his narrative voice has a perfect poise and certainty. His account of deprivation and survival is marvellously sure, and the imaginative alignment of his story is exactly right." Tom Paulin
After concealing the death of their mother, a group of children experience a bizarre but temporary liberation from the programmed course into adulthood.
In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."--Washington Post Book World.
About the Author
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children's book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.
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