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  • Lesley A @Lesley4 Frant updated 1 year ago

    Nutshell by Ian McEwan: Discussion

    Just finished this. Ian McEwan can certainly write beautiful prose. It is a very original concept (for those of you who haven't read it it's a crime novel written entirely from the perspective of a foetus). I understand it's loosely based on Hamlet. I think McEwan just about nails it but I found myself being sidetracked by thoughts like 'how could a foetus know that big word?' I'm not great at suspending disbelief so I was sidetracked quite a bit. I felt only irritation with all the characters so didn't empathise with any of them, but I suppose my irritation suggests they were fairly well drawn. So, for me, McEwan gets 10/10 for his prose and originality but only 4/10 for how much enjoyment I got from the book. Enough from me! What did others think?
    • I thought this book was beautifully written, was interesting and a clever concept. The story was wel..

    • Thanks Sue.

    • I didn't find it too challenging overall - I actually read it quite quickly. I suppose some of the w..

    • Agree Clare and Sue, he is pretentious! Did anyone pick up on the link to Hamlet? I certainly didn't..

    • Agree with everyone else really. Thought I wouldn't like it but was glad I read it.Written beautiful..

    • That sums it up really - usually, if I'm enjoying a book I don't want it to finish. With this one, e..

    • I wanted to know what happened in the end but it was more out of curiosity than because I cared.

    • I agree about the sex scenes - just horrible. And, no - I didn't pick up on the link to Hamlet

    • I’d forgotten about the sex scenes 🤔. Yes, they were ghastly and there was far too much information...

    • Initially thought there was too much of his political views, and agree about the dirty house and win..

    • I have never read Iam McEwan and often looked at his books but not picked up so good to finally read..

    • Thanks Jennifer and Min. We seem to have all reacted to this book in the same way. If you read the r..

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Book club

This group is for people who like to read a book and discuss it with others. We will choose a book each month from titles suggested by members of the group. We will then return for an on-line discussion at a pre selected date which will be 6 weeks later. Important that we suggest books which are readily available, not too expensive, and not too long.

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