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1.0 out of 5 stars
Cliche Heaven, 13 Aug. 2006
McEwan's prose is a rare gift but I do wonder if it isn't time it started being put to better use.
This window on the life of a tedious, smug and self-regarding London family essentially replaces plot with cliche. We've got it all - the daughter who 'read English at Oxford', the son who 'works in New York', the converted farmhouse in France, the Mercedes .... I would not have believed this author's frames of reference were so disappointingly narrow.
And I do wonder if the description of a simple squash game should not perhaps occupy a tad less space than what passes for the dramatic climax of the story (don't hold your breath, though).
If you're the type who can't wait to devour the Daily Telegraph on Saturdays, this book will gently soothe your aspirations and offer you something mildly diverting to ponder.
Otherwise, stay well away.