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This review is from: Saturday (Paperback)
I'm very interested to read some of the reviews listed here, as this book has confused me slightly. I should say that I've long been an admirer of McEwan, and I should also say - as my star rating would suggest - that this one left me cold.
Economy of language has been one of McEwan's trademarks through his earlier work, and yet here there were lengthy and unwarranted stretches of breezy rhetoric. The insight offered by these seemed to me to veer wildly between extrememes of profoundness and banality, lending the whole thing an air of enormous self-indulgence.
The comparions between Mrs Dalloway and Ulysses are valid, and relevant, and make McEwan's agenda very apparent. That his novel that follows lacks any of the "greatness" of these two, leaves me feeling that the critical reaction has more than a little of the "Emperor's New Clothes" syndome about it.