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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunner..., Aug. 20 2001
Banville is certainly one of the most exciting writers of the last 30 years, and this is a mesmerising display of his talents. On one level this is a book bristling with symbols, wherein a young man attempts to reconcile the opposing forces of chaos and order in which he finds himself. Working within and alongside this is the puzzle of the book itself. Themes are repeated, mutated and re-presented...the truth (of events and motives, of the world itself)always lying just out of reach for the narrator.
As ever Banville is passionately in love with language. His glittering, post-modern premise is rendered with such a rich landscape of imagery and description that literally every paragraph… Read more
Anchor The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Anchor The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Families..., Aug. 19 2001
Early McEwan, showing the mixture of familial and slightly gothic themes that have resonated through all of his subsequent novels.
McEwan really is a master story-teller, and this is a taut and spare little novel, brief, but compuslive. Everything rings true and feels authentic. Without a word wasted he manages to perfectly capture the oppressive heat of a stifling summer, and the surly apathy of his adolescent narrator. Go read.