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The Child in Time | [Ian McEwan]

The Child in Time

The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.
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Publisher's Summary

The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.

©1988 Ian McEwan (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

  • Whitbread Novel of the Year, 1987

"As the story moves forward, it focuses not only on Stephen's search for his daughter, but also on his attempts to come to terms with his loss and the likely collapse of his marriage to Julie, a musician. Woven through the narrative is a subplot that deals with childhood and loss of a different sort. It is the innocence of youth that Stephen's friend and former editor, Charles Darke, longs for and ultimately recaptures at a terrible price. This is a beautifully rendered, very disturbing novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Catherina Cape Town, South Africa 10-30-12
    Catherina Cape Town, South Africa 10-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "five out of five both for story and narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I neglected work and meals to finish this book, even though I didn't want it to finish. It deals with loss, sorrow, failure, but also with love and joy - with death and birth in ways that are deeply moving and entirely unsentimental. And the narration is superb. the wrong kind of narration can ruin even a very good book for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child in Time?


    A nightmare journey through a winter wood, carrying a gruesome burden.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has to be the scene that closes the book, though saying more will give too much away


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to weep with sorrow as well as joy


    Any additional comments?

    I found its setting hard to place in terms of a time frame. The characters don't seem to have access to cell phones, emails, etc., and yet it does feel as if the Britain it writes about is some time in the not too distant future. There are elements of magic and mystery in the story, but enough realism to keep one grounded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Solitude1984 Canada 10-21-12
    Solitude1984 Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Horrible book"
    What would have made The Child in Time better?

    A story about the child and the parents, not endless blathering about unrelated or uninteresting topics. The main characters were VERY one-dimensional - I didn't care for any of them. There were also characters in the book who should not have been - they were so boring!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ian McEwan again?

    No.


    What aspect of Nathaniel Parker’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was good.


    What character would you cut from The Child in Time?

    Quite frankly, everyone. A new set of characters with actual personalities is needed!


    Any additional comments?

    Not recommended!

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    "A CHILD IN TIME"

    A GOOD STORY WITH AN AMAZING USE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WHICH IS STIMULATING TO LISTEN TO ..SUCH A PITY THAT IT IS READ FAR TOO QUICKLY WITH VERY LITTLE EXPRESSION...SPOILT THIS WONDERFUL BOOK FOR ME .



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