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Spectacular

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-2017

A lyrical and kaleidoscopic exploration of youth, innocence and morality. what elevates this novel to a masterpiece is it's telling of multiple perspectives, each shaping the reader's in turn. Dominant voices develop then recede and we are left with the one narrator who has manipulated the story, as McEwan began in the book's genesis. That said, it is also a wonderful story. Unlike Briony's first unpublished novella, this book packs pace. Loved it.

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Brill

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-2017

Loved the narrative. Not quite sure, though, why the narrator was British given the American setting.

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Academic and bland.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2016

Relentlessly boring, burdened by endless imagery and the absence of narrative depth. I understand the complexity in carving out this story, I just did not enjoy the anamorphic narration, relentless descriptions of emotion and the overt dealings with misogyny and misguided religion. Others will love it. I did not.

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