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Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet) by David Peace
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vicious and real, 30 Jun 2009
As other reviews have noted, the brutality of this book is far from uniquely explicit or extreme. It certainly isn't the most horrible thing I've read (deadkidsongs, please step forward). However, 1974 is a genuinely upsetting and sordid experience, due to just how real it is. On one level it thrusts you behind the scenes of every distressing child murder you've ever seen in the papers.

The atmosphere, if not every scene and character, is extremely vivid and believable. The language is generally successful, with strong dialogue in particular, while the descriptions of pubs, press conferences, houses and other locations more than anything else really bring it all together. And… Read more
The Child In Time by Ian McEwan
The Child In Time by Ian McEwan
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
'The Child In Time' was my first exposure to McEwan, and despite some reservations, led me to reading the rest of his novels and short stories. The child of the title is not one individual but many, and it is the parallels between childhood and adulthood, sanity and madness, portrayed through a number of 'childhoods', both literal and figurative which makes the book work on a number of levels. The main plot concerns Steven's attempts to find his lost daughter, to accept his loss and to salvage his crumbling marriage. Along the way he is drawn back into his own childhood in a sequence of incidents, often therapeutic, at times unhealthy and downright disturbing, where he is forced into… Read more

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