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My Purple Scented Novel

Narrated by: Ian McEwan
Length: 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of My Purple Scented Novel written and read by Ian McEwan.

‘You will have heard of my friend the once celebrated novelist Jocelyn Tarbet, but I suspect his memory is beginning to fade...You’d never heard of me, the once obscure novelist Parker Sparrow, until my name was publicly connected with his. To a knowing few, our names remain rigidly attached, like the two ends of a seesaw. His rise coincided with, though did not cause, my decline...I don’t deny there was wrongdoing. I stole a life, and I don’t intend to give it back. You may treat these few pages as a confession.’

A jewel of a book: a brand new short story from the author of Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.

©2018 Ian McEwan (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Lisa L. Wen
  • Lancaster University, Lancashire, UK
  • 09-19-19

Ian Poe

The very first sentence reminds me of Edgar Alan Poe's "the Cask of Amontillado " and Poe's love.

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  • Wras
  • 09-10-18

Short, sweet and sour; the perfect novella

Many books of hundreds of pages never deliver the punch this few pages have, perfect sarcasm, well-developed plot, characters that come off the page, entertaining and proof that writing can be majestic.

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  • Mary
  • 12-24-18

Not worth the money I paid

Yes I knew it was short before I bought it but I expected more from Mr McEwan. The story starts slowly then gains a bit of interest before ending in a damp squib. Disappointing. For fans only. Or anyone wanting to have read the complete works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-18

Short Story

This is a tale of two authors, come of age together, how their paths diverge and intersect across the years.

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  • cate edwards
  • 04-27-19

Mr McEwan you are a master

I became engrossed and uncomfortable in such a short time. A satisfying crafty little tale.

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  • Nicky Webber
  • 07-24-18

Just too short

A cunning plan cleverly crafted with amusing execution. Great energy and pace but just not long enough.