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3.0 out of 5 stars
An over-hyped holiday read?, 5 Jan 2003
I came to this book expecting much. It was the first McEwan book I have read and his reputation obviously preceded him.
Unfortunately I was left rather dissapointed. I finished the book feeling that it had been written as a means to an end, that is, for the author to spin out an elaborate plot construction. As such I found the actual storyline quite uninvolving. There is no doubting the cleverness of the plot twists. But I found the characters lacked sufficient depth and that the plot itself shared many similarities with several recent novels based around the second World war.
I will have to presume that this is McEwan's style, and so his fans (of which there are apparently many) will enjoy this book. I feel, however, unable to join this particular club!