Ian McEwan's novel Black Dogs showcases the author's range and skill as he delivers unlikely, and welcome, combinations of suspense, ethics, philosophy, and political and religious ideology. In lesser hands, such a mix might be lethal. In McEwan's, it's intoxicating.
by Publishers Weekly,
"[A] slim, provocative novel....McEwan's meticulous prose, his shaping of his material to create suspense, and his adept use of specific settings...produce a haunting fable about the fragility of civilization..."
by Mark Abley, The Montreal Gazette,
"A superb novel."
by The New Yorker,
"This is a brilliant book."
by The Globe and Mail (Toronto),
"McEwan is a master...one of Europe's preeminent writers."
by The Washington Post Book World,
"A study of the fragile nobility of the human spirit in the face of the irrational, the terrible, and the miraculous."
by Library Journal,
"[S]plendid....A novel of ideas with the hard edge of a thriller; highly recommended."
One of today's most celebrated novelists returns with a novel about family and political loyalties at the end of the Cold War. Writing a memoir of his parents-in-law, Jeremy relates the strange events that brought June and Bernard Tremaine together and set them apart.
by Random House,
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.
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