4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A smart, enganging, philosphical novel expertly written,
This review is from: Enduring Love (Paperback)
This is only the second Ian McEwan book I've read and compared to many other authors I feel his writing style is superb. His prose seems almost poetic when you begin to read, but it quickly becomes natural and enjoyable. The themes that run through the book as backround to the main plot such as those of science, theolgy, and his general observations are a joy to read to while neatly woven into the story.
However, the story its self is far from incredible. While the mystery over whether the events are actualy happening, or exist simply in the mind of the narrator Joe Rose is of great intrigue, to me its under utilised, while its hard to emotionaly engage with the character of Rose. The pseudo dramatic ending too is one that I found to be a bit unsatisfactory.
As a thriller this book has a great premise, with the psychological drama making a welcome change from the hordes of generic crime novels around, but its McEwan's philosphical thoughts on a wide range of issues that really set this book apart from so much else.