For You Paperback – 5 Jun 2008
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"The characters are etched with impressive economy by McEwan" (The Evening Standard)
A powerful drama of passion, obsession and tragedy from one of Britain's greatest living writers.See all Product description
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Every character is a one-dimensional cliche - the grand composer who is successful in public but nasty in private, the poor put-upon assistant, the housekeeper secretly in love with him, the musician who is scared of him but gets over that by sleeping with him.
The writing is poor, and regardless of whether this isn't meant to be a book as such, but the script for an opera, it is more about Ian Mcewan trying to show how clever he is (parts of it even rhyme! Some words are sung, not spoken!) than telling any kind of story.
In 60 pages there is no time to develop any sort of plot at all - you meet the characters, something happens, and then, er, that's it.
This could have been written by a grupmy 14 year old as English homework, such is the lack of effort to it.
It feels very much like Ian Mcewan couldn't be bothered to put any kind of thought into it, so just knocked something out in his lunch hour, but no doubt still expects people to buy it because he is a 'famous author'.
In summary - arrogant, pretentious and unoriginal.