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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; abridged edition edition (Dec 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792721993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792721994
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,032,725 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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'The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense' -- Mail on Sunday

‘The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense’ -- Mail on Sunday

‘The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page...' -- London Review of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense' Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Four Violets VINE VOICE on 5 July 2007
Format: Paperback
A spy story set in Berlin shortly after the end of the second world war - a romantic love story - a gruesome and revolting horror story (don't read whilst eating) - then the circle continues on back through spy to love story again. It was only after starting the book that I noticed another review recommended "don't read this as your first Ian McEwan". Probably wise advice; but I enjoyed it anyway and will certainly read more of his.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Bulcock on 26 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
Having read Atonement and not got on with The child in Time, i decided to read a book of Ian McEwan's that was more off the beaten track. What i found was The Innocent. I throughly enjoyed it and i would recommend that for anyone who didn't get on too well with Ian McEwan's other books to read the Innocent.

It is a gripping tale about how an English man in cold war Berlin gradually losses his innocence. It is a light and short read which i thoroughly enjoyed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2000
Format: Paperback
This is vintage McEwan. He describes the love affair with feeling and, I guess, from some experience. I liked the sharp contrast between the mechanics and bizarre logic of the Cold War and the unpredictability of human behaviour when it is allowed free reign. 50s Berlin is also beautifully evoked - Harry Lime's Vienna moved north. The novel has a neat and typically weird McEwan twist before its moving, sentimental denouement. Great reading - thoroughly recommended to fans and sceptics alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Innocent is a surprising book, combining the fascination of secret work in post war Berlin with a captivating story of love and sexual exploration The string of events which emanate from this background are all the more shocking because of the complete plausibility of the tale. The book reminded me of the Puzo novel Dark Arena in the setting of the backdrop, (although it cannot match the rawness and brutality of that story) and Hurry on Down for the frailty of the human emotion. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this I had to put it down unfinished as I could not bear to discover the foreshadowed doom of the main character. It took me a year before I could gather the courage to start again and read the whole thing. Exaggerating? If you found Enduring Love moving, it's nothing compared to The Innocent!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Burgess on 16 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
Yes wow what a book. I saw Atonement which was rubbish in my opinion and thought no not ever will I read one of his books and yet on the way to Hong Kong at LHR-T5 i was captivated by the book's cover and the basic story line which interests me anyway. Berlin post war is a sumptuous backdrop and this book delivers magnificently. I could hardly put it down and apart from the dismemberment pages was an absolute thill. So much so that I then bought Black Dogs which isn't half as good but after On Chesil Beach and Innocent I am raring to go with more of his work. Well done Ian.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael Rowlands on 22 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
What a great read! Splendid in both form and content. A well constructed plot which starts with an easy read, but then it takes an interesting and unexpected turn. I bought it after reading "On Chesil Beach" which is only a short story, but which has got me hooked on the author. Recommeded. Dr Michael Rowlands
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Bates on 22 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
I had never read anything by McEwan but was sort of aware of his success. While living in Berlin in 2008/2009, I came across a translation in German of the novel and bought it mostly because it was set in Berlin and because it was translated from English to German and therefore, thought I, would be a little easier to handle for my still rusty German skills.

The first part of the novel was unexceptional. I found the characters a bit two-dimensional and was neither enamoured nor turned off by the story. But then it got to the blood and gore and frankly I had to skip a couple of pages because even though my German was rusty I could not read it without wanting to gag.

The middle part rather "coloured" the whole book for me and I shall hesitate before ever reading another of his works.
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