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2.0 out of 5 stars Facile and unpleasant, 22 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Black Dogs (Paperback)
As ever, in "Black Dogs" McEwan turns out readable prose, a balance of description and plot points which draw the reader in. The cover hype leads us to believe this is a work of weight, which grapples with the issue of whether metaphysical concepts such as good and evil have continued relevance in a world where the idea of God is becoming old fashioned. It's an interesting issue and one which McEwan's protagonists, Bernard and June, disagree fundamentally. This is a shame, as they are married and end up spending their lives apart, though still connected as a result of this difference of opinion. McEwan leads us to the central event of the book: the occurence which June interprets as a demonstration that evil objectively exists. I was waiting for something truly significant here, but what I received was unpleasant, far fetched and oddly adolescent - the kind of nasty story usually reserved for Pan Horror compilations. I used to like McEwan, but since "Atonement" my interest has waned to vanishing point.
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