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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
A perverse but enchanting book; beautifully written and perfectly constructed. This is a story about a family of children who find themselves orphaned while living in a house surrounded by a wasteland, an image that perfectly reflects the emptiness of their days. Finding themselves without adult guidance, it shows how they slide into sloth and then perversity. Being a...
Published on 19 Jan. 2002 by Penguin Egg

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3.0 out of 5 stars Look a little deeper
Although I read this book some years ago now, I still remember the subtlety of McEwan's writing well. It struck me because the subject matter risked being "sick" or crude on the surface, but I found that on deeper analysis it was not and wider themes emerged.
One of the strongest memories of the book is the way in which McEwan created the feeling of heat...
Published on 3 Oct. 2001


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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and disturbing tale, 16 April 2014
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This is a story which some readers might find deeply disturbing - but it is fiction. The characters are well crafted and the plot develops gradually with the sense of inevitability which seems to be a feature of McEwan's style. If you've read and enjoyed The Innocent by the same author I think you'll enjoy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark in places but a brilliant read, 25 Mar. 2014
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Have always been a fan and actually read this for a second time having first read it years ago. A great creative writer and never scared to mess with your head a little, which I love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 26 Feb. 2014
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Mesmerizing read. I ran through it & thoroughly enjoyed.
Highly recommend to anyone who already likes Ian McEwan & anyone who hasn't meet him yet....
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4.0 out of 5 stars The cement Garden, 8 Feb. 2014
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The Cement garden ,another gripping story from McEwan. Bit far fetched but couldn't wait to see how it would end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different from his more recent work, 27 Sept. 2013
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Having just read Sweet Tooth I was keen to read McEwan's early work. I found the Cement Garden hard-going. The subject matter (unsupervised incestuous children) was disturbing and, from a more literary point of view, the character of the snooker-playing suit-wearing boyfriend seemed very stereotyped. I loved Atonement, Saturday coming in a close second, and Sweet Tooth made me laugh out loud at the end and made me apreciate the book more than when i was reading it the first time. I would happily read those three again and again, but The Cement Garden - probably not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the cement garden, 16 July 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book but found it quite an effort to continue at times as the main character dipped in and out of past events. However, all became clear and as I have found with Ian's writing, a memorable plot containing a great deal of psychological exploration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shorter than expected, 12 May 2013
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The ending felt a little abrupt, but it was well written with largely believable characters. Not a book for the faint hearted, certainly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cement Garden., 28 Feb. 2013
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This is one of the most saddest books I have ever read. I don't find it sick or too disturbing. To me it is the very sad plight of four young siblings who have lost both their parents. In their own way of grieving, they are trying to keep the family together. There are a few reviewers who think the ending is strange. I don't. I think what Julie says at the end is reality sinking in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cement Garden, 25 Feb. 2013
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Was an enjoyable book until it end very strangely & abruptly? Not sure if I will try this author again?
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read but, 31 Dec. 2012
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Ian McEwan has told another story well. I usually enjoy his books. I think Amzon should absorb the VAT on ebooks as they are getting away with not paying UK tax. THis would help to keep the costs down for Kindle owners
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