An audiobook of remarkable depth, power and poignancy by an author at the height of his powers
Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and ten previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and Saturday.
(See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/07) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
It should not come as a surprise that Florence and Edward, newlyweds who cannot discuss their previous sexual experiences (or lack thereof), do not communicate out loud with one another until all their emotions boil over at the conclusion of the first night of their honeymoon. That their lives are constructed as narratives and memories makes this novella a particularly good choice for McEwan to perform his own work. McEwan provides a deft sense of cadence, timing and emphasis. McEwan reads this poignant, sad and occasionally amusing gem with entrancing skill, precision and perfect pace. In short, McEwan's performance is mesmerizing. An excellent addition to the recording is a thoughtful interview with the author. The conversation provides insight into McEwan's choice of setting, time period (1962) and characters. McEwan reveals that he tries out his works in progress on audiences, a technique that pays off beautifully. This author-read work is outstanding. Simultaneous release with the Nan A. Talese hardcover (Reviews, March 6). (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Listening non-stop to McEwan intensifies the book's impact" The Times "With exquisite sensitivity and realism, McEwan draws us into lives, not as voyeur, but as anguished participant. Authors aren't always the best choice for reading their own works - but in this case he is. If McEwan ever runs out of ideas, he could make a living reading audiobooks." The Express "McEwan reads his latest creation with a deadpan rhythm that mimics the inability of his characters to overcome their inadequacies. He proves himself a master of storytelling, and the interview with him at the end of the audiobook is a wonderful insight into his work." The Observer "The author's understated voice is well suited to this poignant story of British repression ... An illuminating interview with the author, in which he explains the inspiration behind his novella, is another bonus." FT Magazine "The audiobook is worth mentioning ,though, for two reasons. Firstly, it is read by the author (nad all the better for that). But as an added treat, this version features a half-hour interview with Ian McEwan at the end of the fourth CD." -- David Crozier H&H Series