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.

1 comment:

  1. I am a big fan of Ian Mckewan - the best story I ever read to a class of children was his first children's novel - "The Daydreamer" it is absolutley hilarious. Although it is a children's novel aged at 11 year olds it has lots of adult undercurrents!