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Bad writing he has lost the plot
on 23 August 2012
I have read everything that he has written. He is not as good as his friend Martin Amis and both sadly are not as good as Alan Stilitoe which is the opinion of the critic at the back of Alan Stilitoe's last book " a man of his time" We are decoding which of the three is the best licving English author so it is quite important.
Sweet Tooth name is also a bit odd. What is it rying to say. That the Sweet Tooth authors have a sweet tooth for money? Or that somhow the sweetness disperses it self into society once they have ben signed up. Literature has nothing to do with sugar.Serena is into modern literature apparently although she reads " anything"She is also not very well read
I amazed myself at my stupidity by reading "Shades of Grey" what rubbish.And I hate to say it but Serena is also fixated on sex and all her sex scenes are described in a slightly boring way which remineded me of the awful bbok above
As opposed to Martin Amis Ian repeats himself too much.There is a suprising amount of repetition and loose ends are always connected up as in all his books.Why EXACTLY did Shirley get the sack? Does Martin Amis know that she " hung on his arm " after he wrote the Rachel papers.I know Martin and Ian are friends but can a living author go out with a fictional charachter?
We all know where the hippy stuff comes from and now he is Uber for the establishment
He often betrays his roots ,and his charachters often do as well. As he also quotes Orwell and Koestler in this book. Not sure that is actually true the bits about them both being used by the security services. What is being suggested is they also became establishment fugures...
I actually became bored with the writing and that is what makes me sad and makes Amis and Stillitoe superior writers. I am not saying do not read this book but compared to Black Dogs.Comfort of Strangers even Saturday it is a little boringly written and repetitive in the ideas in the prose.Mcewan has also written books which have a little twist.In comfort of strangers the person in the sea is either drowning or waving.
By the way did the phtos taken of Tom and Serena on the coast come from MI5 agents following them ?
I do admire Ian on different books and what I would call "tempos" or "pace" of the novels which are suprisingly different.
Atonement, Saturday, Cement Garden all have what I would call different "tempos" Even Solar was good But this like the House Series 5 ( And all other TV series they gradually get worse it happened with the series 24) is loosing it's touch very interesting like painters does the art get better or worse are all books comparable by the same author.?
I would love to ask Ian if he thinks this is as good as the first books.
There are novelists who argueably get better and like the TV series those who get worse.
But from a wordsmith's perspective He does not often " smith the words". smithing is what you do Like Flowersmith is trendy today.Martin Amis does not disappoiont me. Lionel Asbo and Pregnant widow are very well cratfed the literature is well crafted. i think McEwan's prose is not that well crafted and he writes a lot about himself . they all do.Even the bit about Surrey University versus Oxbridge in Tom's final letter
He cannot be in it for the money( maybe he is?) just because you have money does not mean you do not need more it depends what your expenses are) and let us discuss if this is a really good book.
. Chesyl Beach I liked but many did not
Or comfort of strangers.Great Book and film OK but book better and all vintage Ian Just not as good as Martin Amis I would love to meet them both together and love to know what Martin thinks of Ian's books. We see the tutors and the students since Ian and Martin teach don't they?.