Black Dogs Paperback – 3 Sep 1998
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"Powerful... Unforgettable" (Sunday Telegraph)
"His best yet, which I should make clear is saying a great deal" (Observer)
"Brilliant...a meditation on the intoxications of violence and the redemptive power of love" (New Yorker)
"Superbly evocative prose... The novel's vision of Europe is acute and alive, vivid in its moral complexities" (New York Times Book Review)
"Compassionate without resorting to sentimentality, clever without ever losing its honesty, an undisguised novel of ideas which is also Ian McEwan's most human work" (Times Literary Supplement)
Re-jacketed in stunning new series style, Black Dogs is a dark and brooding masterpiece from Booker prize-winning, Sunday Times-bestselling Ian McEwan.See all Product Description
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I seemed to detect the shadow of Freud's "Wolf Man" case history in the author's concept of the black dogs, but anyway I think they are appropriate symbols for the assault on rational thinking engendered by the evils unleashed in World War 2.
As one would expect from McEwan, the book is fluently written and a compulsive read. It engages a serious subject without a trace of pretentiousness. It has the effect of really good writing: it lingers in the mind long after putting it down.
Black Dogs is intense, fascinating and exciting. The characters are believable, intriguing and, as in a lot of McEwan novels, fairly loathsome! I've lent this book to some of my friends and it has split them too - some said they couldn't get into it at all whereas others were gripped from the first page, as I was. I'm sure Ian McEwan likes the split he generates - buying one of his books is like gambling, but I'm very glad I gambled on this one. I remember a shiver running down my spine the day after i finished it - when I walked past a bookies that had a big photo of two black dogs in the window. Gamble and read this - and if you don't like it, you'll probably love some of his other stuff...
Black Dogs revolves around the story of a honeymooning couple in France and their confrontation with two Black Dogs.
The book starts with the perspective in the first person, describing the narrators childhood and lack of family, then moves to switching between third and first person to describe the story of this couple and their subsequent lives after the encounter.
No Doubt a good plot and and an engrossing read the book will nevertheless dissapoint many McEwan fans because it does not reach the flow of 'Amsterdam' or 'Enduring Love'.
Worth reading but not wholly enjoyable
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Again McEwan addresses the effects of evil on the innocent, this time in the context of World War II. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan Phillips
Brilliant, engrossing and carefully crafted. I read it in one sitting on holiday. I would thoroughly recommend.Published 9 months ago by Beverley Gilder
An absorbing book you never quite know where the story will go a good readPublished 9 months ago by fuse
Cover 3/5 The book I read had one dog on the cover ... an edition from the 1990s
I was drawn into the book with the opening page and could not stop... Read more
Typically McEwan, with some of the prose absolutely breathtaking. Marred by some 'downtime' in a few places though.Published 23 months ago by M. Chapple
This was a Reading Group choice. It is not to my taste. Unfortunately, I missed the Group meeting at which it was discussed, so did not have the chance of having my opinion... Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by G. A. Robinson