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4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoughtful insights into a one man's life, 7 Nov 2006
As is the case with a number of McEwan novels, the plot itself is nothing to shout about. One man goes about his routine Saturday with a few strange events thrown in. There's a bit of drama with the Baxter character, but even that doesn't seem to amount to much. if it's drama you are after this isn't the novel for you. The strength of this book lies in the little characteristics of everyday life (ok, as everyday as you can get for a neurosurgeon living in a massive house in Central London!) that are described in painstaking, observant detail.
Some of the passages in the book made me stop and have a 'thoughtful moment' as I pondered the passages to myself.
I thought he dealt with the feelings of Henry to his Mother and also his daughter well, for me this was the strength of the book. I'd recommend this to someone who enjoys a read that is well written, not especially exciting, but a glimpse into the life of a supposed intellectual family and some good moments in the book.