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Sweet Tooth [Hardcover]

Ian McEwan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
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21 Aug 2012

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a 'secret mission' which brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage - trust no one.

McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First American Edition edition (21 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0224097377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224097376
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement, Saturday and On Chesil Beach.

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"Enthralling, beguiling and totally addictive from the first page to the last. McEwan's sense of time and place is authentic with his trademark attention to details of the social history of the period" (Bristol Magazine)

"A brilliant portrayal of 1970s Britain at its absolute worst. But it's also a gripping spy novel with some characteristic McEwan twists toward the end" (Mail on Sunday)

"No contemporary novelist is more enthralled by what goes on inside the human skull than Ian McEwan... Doubling back and forth across genre boundaries, Sweet Tooth takes risks...this acute, witty novel is a winningly cunning addition to McEwan's fictional surveys of intelligence." (Peter Kemp Sunday Times)

"Playful, comic... This is a great big Russian doll of a novel, and in its construction - deft, tight, exhilaratingly immaculate - is a huge part of its pleasure." (Julie Myerson Observer)

"A thoroughly clever novel...a sublime novel about novels, about writing them and reading them and the spying that goes on in doing both...very impressive...rich and enjoyable." (Lucy Kellaway Financial Times)

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Love and espionage in 1970s Britain: a riveting new novel from the bestselling author of Atonement and Enduring Love

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever 22 Sep 2012
By John Tierney VINE VOICE
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I wasn't convinced by McEwan's attempt at humour in Solar and this is very much a return to what I think he is good at. The story of Serena Frome (rhymes with plume!) and narrated by her, it tells of her progression from studying maths at Cambridge (whilst nurturing her real passion for literature) to her recruitment by MI5 in the early 70s. MI5 at that time is very much a male-dominated organisation and the women recruited are given mostly admin tasks. Serena has left a relationship with an older married man at Cambridge (who groomed her for MI5) and is attracted to Max, a senior colleague at work. But her life changes when she is given a real assignment - managing a young author, Tom Haley, who MI5 believe to have the right (sic) tendencies to write the type of thing they like i.e. anti-communist essays and novels. Serena persuades Tom to accept funding (with its real source hidden) to support his work, but things are (somewhat predictably) complicated as she is immediately attracted to him and vice versa. From then it's only a matter of time before things start to unravel and although the novel is not exciting as such, the prose is extremely taut and is fairly un-putdownable.

I was concerned early on in the book that there was a lot of writing about writing going on, something I detest. And there are a lot of references to books and authors - there is even a very famous author who has a part in the book, although we never "see" him directly. But eventually I was won over by how McEwan meshes the plot, discussions about literature and even some short stories (including one about the Monty Hall problem (worth googling) and how it might - and might not - be the source of a short story about infidelity.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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McEwan's latest novel charts the progress of Serena Frome from the seat of her father's bishopric, via a mathematics degree at Cambridge, to a junior role in MI5 during the 1970s. Much of the novel is taken up with her romantic engagements, professional disappointments and love of literature until all of them become bound together in a single operation, Sweet Tooth.

There are writers -like Martin Amis, who appears as a minor character in this novel- who excel at writing gorgeous, funny, efficient prose and who create engaging characters but struggle to package it into a wholly satisfying novel. McEwen is at the other end of the spectrum; the complex structures of his novels are marvellously articulated but the tone and characters feel cold and, consequently, can leave the reader a little apathetic.

It comes as no surprise, therefore, that this novel only really seems to catch light in the latter third, when the plot (and the obligatory twist) accelerate and come to the fore. In comparison, the more prosaic early chapters seem to drag. There is some interest to be had from the minutiae of the security services, considerations on literature and a nice evocation of the winter of discontent. Nevertheless, I found it difficult to warm to Serena, who is so central to the novel and whose tribulations struck me as mundane and her insecurities annoying rather than endearing. There were also few tics in her first person narrative (repeated phrases, the sex descriptions) that seemed careless.
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147 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Manipulation of Truth 22 Aug 2012
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
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It is the early seventies, and Serena Frome, the very attractive daughter of an Anglican bishop, is working towards a degree in mathematics at Cambridge, after being coerced into studying maths by her quietly ambitious mother, instead of studying English as she would have preferred. Serena, who has always been a compulsive and voracious reader, finds herself struggling with the standard of maths expected of her at Cambridge and looks elsewhere for her enjoyment, burying herself in her books and looking for romance. In her final year, she meets Tony Canning, her boyfriend's tutor, a much older, married man and they enter into a short, but passionate affair, part of which involves Tony grooming Serena for the intelligence service.

Serena manages to get through the screening process for the British Intelligence Service and starts working for MI5 in a very junior position; however she is keen to improve her prospects and when, through her knowledge of literature, she is assigned to an operation called 'Sweet Tooth' she is eager to prove her worth. Serena learns that MI5 have set up a cultural foundation to secretly support writers who speak out against communism and she is to act as a representative of the foundation. In her pose, Serena is to encourage a young writer, Tom Haley, to leave his post in academia and be supported by the foundation to enable him to write full time, but he must remain unaware that the funding is coming from MI5. Serena is initially successful in her mission, but when she becomes intellectually, physically and then emotionally involved with Haley, she finds leading a double life is much more difficult and less exciting than she had imagined and she also discovers that this is where the lines between truth and fiction become blurred.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tooth ; a love story, a spy novel or even better a love...
From my point of view It seems as if the author, in the skin of Tom Haley, were trying to make a translation of experiences from an idealistic literary world to a more... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by JOSE IGNACIO ORTEGA PECHARROMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable
This is a great story but much as I enjoy this author his later works are not as wondrous as enduring love or atonement which doubtless are a hard act to follow
Published 2 days ago by ALYSON Phelan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I wasn't too sure about McEwan's attempt at humour in Solar and this is a welcome return to what I think he is good at. Read more
Published 12 days ago by E. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling story, with numerous interesting layers
I loved everything about this book. It poses as a tale of espionage but in fact turns out to be so much more than that - it's about love and trust, about writing and reading. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lobster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Read this, very well written from a female perspective which I normally think does not always work well when the author is male. Read more
Published 18 days ago by ad
2.0 out of 5 stars one-trick pony
ingenious but reader-cheating trick at very end of book to explain why it's been such a tedious and unconvincing read all along! ho ho but too late for me.
Published 21 days ago by Zangiku
3.0 out of 5 stars A maybe...
I struggled until about half way through this and then it seemed to pick up a bit. A good twist at the end - made me think about going back and reading it again to see it with the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kym Hamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tooth Ian McEwan
a good spy story told in the first person by a young beautiful but sensible woman. Well she seems that way but gets into quite a few scrapes along the way.
Published 28 days ago by Evelyne Swaine
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, and not really what it says on the tin
This book is much in the style of others by Ian McEwan. There is an elegant structure to its carefully constructed plot, and some things that may seem to be an irrelevant waste of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great
My friends raved about this book, but I found it slow and a bit boring. It ends well, but it reminds me of William Boyd's "Restless".
Published 1 month ago by SJ
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