This is a fine novel, for all that it contains the oddest flaws (sex scenes that belong in Mills and Boon--hard to credit McEwan could have written them). Takes on the difficulty of writing a novel about a man who is lucky, happy, contented, fortunate. Almost succeeds, against all the odds (think here of McEwan's US counterparts--Roth, for example). An intriguing post 9/11 novel, and worth reading for the aspects of it that are wonderful. The reading lets it down--an effort to make Perowne sound excitable that works against McEwan's characterisation.
I wish more of his novels were available on Audible.
This reading of the Odyssey is dramatised by Simon Armitage, one of Britain's finest contemporary poets. He manages to get across the sense of Homer's poem using contemporary language. It really works. The use of street language, for example, reminds us that Homer's companions were pretty rough and ready. The actors live up to Armitage's fine script. I'd strongly recommend this recording, first because listening to it is such a pleasure, and second because it is useful to anyone who needs a sense of this influential work--students of English literature, for example.
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