1. Beth F

    I don’t know. I’ve read two of his books and didn’t like either. I’m pretty much the only person I know who doesn’t like McEwan.

    • I was not optimistic when I started reading this at all. I didn’t get that far in Saturday or Atonement, and I didn’t try any of the others. I expected not to finish it. I think the literary angle helped a lot!

  2. This sounds promising. I will have to give it a try. I have only read one Ian McEwen book before and that was Atonement. I liked it okay but didn’t love it, but I think that was in part because I was turned off by certain aspects of the subject matter. This combination spy / romance novel with a commentary on readers and reading sounds interesting though. I have a feeling I’ll like it more than Atonement.

    • I think I automatically love books more when they talk about other books! I have no real idea of what Atonement is about. I usually don’t get very far in his books, but I have kept this one to try again.

  3. I didn’t fall in love with Saturday, but I really adored On Chesil Beach, so who knows how this one would sit with me. By your synopsis though, it appeals to me. At some point I would like to give it a shot.

    • Is On Chesil Beach the short one about the married couple? Whichever one that is, is the one that I will likely read before attempting Atonement or any of the others.

  4. I really loved this one too! Ian McEwan is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved ATONEMENT, ON CHESIL BEACH, and AMSTERDAM. I’ve also read his first book, a collection of short stories called FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES. I’m hoping to get to more of his back list in 2013.

    • This is one of the few books that at some point, I really want to read again. So much happened! I want to see how it unfolds with an overview of the entire thing.

  5. That cover looks really 80s!

    It’s always interesting to read a book and love it and then have everyone else tell you that it’s not as good as the author’s work. I haven’t read McEwen, but I do love the film Atonement!

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