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4.0 out of 5 stars
a book i have read (i had to put something), 9 July 2003
I would recommend this as a book to read in one sitting because once you've put it down you destroy all of the tension that McEwan works so hard to create.
He sets his story, like so many writers before him, in Venice and this proves the perfect backdrop for a compelling, shocking and rather grotesque read.
McEwan writes in a stark and realistic manner that is far removed from the rather wordy pretentiousnes of later novels like Atonement.
Although this is not for everyone the story has the sort of bite that I find missing in the majority of post modernist fiction.