A free reading copy from Linnaeus and the bestselling English novel of the moment; I had to read it. I read the first part in one rush, up unto the accidental death scene, and then I didn't want to continue. Took me a week to come back to it again and then I finished almost in one go. In other words, interesting plot (as usual) and good language (as usual), but this one didn't have such a strong underlying pulse as Saturday, which it resembles most. A good read, but a mediocre McEwan, unless my opinion gathers some strength with age, something that happens with reading highly contemporary books. We'll see.
30 March 2010
Jonathan Cape, 2010