The Innocent by Ian McEwan

November 2007

I found this Ian MacEwan novel particularly interesting for its setting of post-war Berlin. There was a nice twistiness about the story; much like Atonement, it’s only on the very last pages that you find out what’s really been going on the whole time (though neither the “twist” nor the book itself is nearly as powerful as Atonement). There’s some good dark humor in it too, and there’s also a section of the book that is so graphically disgusting that I felt physically ill reading it and wound up just skimming several pages—and that has never happened to me while reading a novel, ever. McEwan’s powers of description are truly impressive.

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