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A Child in Time | [Ian McEwan]

A Child in Time

Two parents come to appreciate the forces of love and time after the disappearance of their daughter, Kate.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan is a Booker and Whitbread Prize winner. In this powerful tour de force, two parents come to appreciate the forces of love and time after the disappearance of their daughter, Kate.

©1987 Ian McEwan; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC.

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    Charles Princeton, NJ, USA 06-07-09
    Charles Princeton, NJ, USA 06-07-09
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    "Not McEwan's Best Effort"

    I am a big Ian McEwan fan. I have read all of his published novels, and many of his short stories. This novel I have picked up many times but always would lose interest after about 25 pages. I decided to buy the audiobook, thinking that it might make it easier to "get over the hump." It did, but still, even the audiobook was a bit of a chore. This book hits some of the familiar Ian McEwan themes, such as the nature of chance and how a life can turn on a dime, but it went on to more general and murky discussions about the nature of time itself, and these lengthy discourses never seemed to advance a real story. It seemed a bit pretentious. I am not saying the book did not have some high points. McEwan is so skilled a writer, I am sure his grocery list would be a decent read, but, to me, this is the least satisfying of all his novels.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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