Henry Perowne seems to be in the middle of just about everything in his life: he’s middle aged, in between children (his kids are grown & there are no grandchildren yet), he’s between generations (his & his wife’s parents and his kids), he lives in the middle of London, etc. Also, the world is in the middle, caught between 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war. It’s a time of pivot and change, it seems.
And change it does. In the course of a day, Henry has to face many of his thoughts & ideas after a confrontation puts his family into jeopardy.
The book takes place in Henry’s minds, with all its minutia and wandering thoughts, its worries, prejudices, ideas. It’s a fascinating look at one man’s inner life, thoughts and reasoning. Henry Perowne is his own man and yet he’s every one of us, too.
Ian McEwan's writing is wonderful. I'll be reading more of his books.
To each his own. I didn't care for this one at all. 3 of 10 for me.
Descriptive writing to the point of frustration and utter boredom. I could not finish this book after 2/3 of the way.
One of my top 3 favorite Ian McEwan books! On the longlist for the Man Booker prize, this is can't stop listening edge-of-your seat suspense. Often I would arrive at my destination and not be able to get out of the car.
Some of the coincidences are a little unlikely, but the conclusion is not to be missed. Great for a road trip.
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