Friday, 3 September 2010
Ian McKewan's Genius
This man is a really great writer in my book, because similar to those of the ilk of Barbara Kingsolver, each story is unique: there is no immediately detectable recurring pattern of construction. Each one is a satisfying read. Take “On Chesil Beach”. Amazingly, this is more like a novella, you can read it in a couple of hours. It’s about a modern young couple, very much in love, intellectuals, but both experience huge problems on their wedding night. The novelist hints at this in the first few pages which makes us hugely curious, and then you have to wait until we have learned about these characters from their pasts to the present before we find out what happens and the far-reaching effects on both of their lives. I also greatly enjoyed “Atonement”, his famous one and “Saturday” – a day in the life of a London surgeon and his family (with a horrendous twist!) - Brilliant, and another shortie. Try them.