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Rough notes for his far better novels,
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This review is from: First Love, Last Rites: 40th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
These short stories make up Ian McEwan's first published work. Back in 1975 he was experimenting, as he has said, and trying to find his voice. They are not particularly appealing or enlightening, apart from demonstrating how a great writer starts off. Nearly all of them concern rather unpleasant or peculiar characters - a theme he picks up in his novels. But most of these stories are simple, mainly reflecting one viewpoint and telling one simple story in the order that it happens. I would only recommend them for fans of Ian McEwan or writing students.