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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written and shockingly haunting..., 28 Jan 2006
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Being an Ian McEwan fan I couldn't wait to read this. It only took me one sitting and as always was very readable and totally engrossing - causing mounting fear and tension like only McEwan knows how to, with nothing in particular happening but an increasing sensation that something is about to (how does he do that?!). The book is set in Venice which adds to the calm mystique and general atmosphere of the story. The end was shocking - I felt quite sick after reading it. This is definitely one of McEwan's most twisted and chilling reads and I couldn't quite work out whether I had enjoyed it or not. Recommended although definitely not my favourite by the author.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2010 08:01:02 BDT
Wonderfully written? 'The smell of garlic and frying meat was filling the room. From Colin's gut there came a prolonged and distant sound, like a voice on the telephone'. Or this gem of too much information - 'Colin said that he had long envied women's orgasms, and that there were times when he felt an aching emptiness, close to desire, between his scrotum and his anus...'
Trash.

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 23:07:13 GMT
Beech says:
This novella is not set in Venice. It is set in an anonymous European city, resembling Venice perhaps but it is never named. The location is left deliberately vague to accentuate the feeling of an alien experience in an alien place.
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