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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099570548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099570547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a terrific series... The tone is authoritative but never dogmatic, while the style is enthusiastic and approachable" (The English Magazine, no.47 Winter 2002/3)

"[McEwan] is this country's unrivalled literary giant" (Independent on Sunday)

"One of our greatest living writers" (Herald)

"McEwan's brilliance as a novelist lies in his ability to isolate discrete moments in life and invest them with incredible significance" (Observer)

"McEwan is the kind of author who can say more in a sentence than most can say in a chapter" (Irish Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This series provides readers of all kinds with an introduction to some of the most exciting works in contemporary literature. The Child in TimeEnduring LoveAtonement

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Excellent 20 April 2003
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Reynolds and Noakes have put together a very helpful book for fans of McEwan and academic readers alike. They provide detailed analyses of "The Child In Time", "Enduring Love", and "Atonement". But rather than insisting on one particular "reading" of each novel, they proceed by asking useful questions about certain passages, techniques and themes. These questions open up the texts in a variety of ways, encouraging you to reflect and re-read and ultimately to make up your own mind. The initial essay and interview with McEwan are informative, as are the selected reviews and the glossary of literary-critical terms at the back. (My only complaint is that an analysis of "Black Dogs" isn't included, which I think is one of McEwan's best.) Overall, this is a book which recognises the complexity of its subject, yet proceeds in a way that makes it accessible without "dumbing it down." In that sense, the book is much like those of McEwan himself: it invites you to explore some fairly complex issues, but in a remarkably engaging and entertaining way.
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I recently taught 'Atonement' in a senior seminar, and this book was a great help in coming up with questions and topics for discussion.
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