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This review is from: First Love, Last Rites (Paperback)
I am a huge Ian McEwan fan and one day in work I was speaking with a colleague about McEwan's novels when I was directed to "First Love, Last Rites" a piece I was familiar with but due to the subject matter something I'd always foud a rather daunting prospect. Nevertheless, I decided last Winter to finally get round to conquering Mount Macabre! And indeed, macabre is just one of many adjectives the book could have stamped across it.
McEwans ability to present and describe the most horrific things with such clarity and indeed, calmness really is something special on his part but it has to be said that the troublesome subject matter that appears in each story does somewhat overshadow some marvellous writing.
I am completely in agreement with McEwan's later admittance that the work was something of a "laboratory" where he could try out different things. This feel of experimentation and the different shades that he brings to each abhorrent tale is well worth considering when the reading the book.