On the other hand?

30 Jun

Dare I proceed with On Chesil Beach?

Says the NYT Book Review,

After two big, ambitious novels — “Atonement” and “Saturday” — Ian McEwan has inexplicably produced a small, sullen, unsatisfying story that possesses none of those earlier books’ emotional wisdom, narrative scope or lovely specificity of detail.

Or should I start something else? Sigh.


2 Responses to “On the other hand?”

  1. Ian June 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    michiko kakutani is one of the laziest reviewers in the biz, so don’t let her pseudo-analysis (really, it’s just a plot summary) prejudice you against this book. certainly it’s not mcewan’s best, but it’s a lot better than she lets on, and it was well reviewed in most every other credible publication.

    • bookishjoy June 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

      Thanks for your wise words. Yep, shortly after I posted this (more of an emotional than rational reaction to the discouraging NYT piece), I read other reviews, which were much more positive–and insightful. So I started chapter two and am going ahead.

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