The Cement Garden
In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own s...more
Four siblings, ranging from 6 to 17, who have too close for comfort of a relationship (if the word "incest" flashed in you mind, you are correct - it is not a spoiler, the "action" starts on page 2), witness both their parents die within the weeks of each other. When their mother dies, they make a decision to bury her in the cellar a ...more
The book is a first-person narrative told b ...more
In the hands of a lesser writer, much of this book would seem vulgar. However, in McEwan's cap...more
Reading this book was definitely col ...more
A profoundly disturbing, but very well written book. Had I realised the true nature of it, I doubt I would have read it, and somehow the fact it is told in such an unjudgemental way almost makes it worse.
"I did not kill my father, but I sometimes think I helped him on his way", is the opening sentence. It ...more
I have not read Ian McEwan before, and if all his books are like this, I'm unlikely to try him again. I don't mind a disturbing book with unlikable characters who do disgusting things, but you have to give some reason to want to keep reading besides just admiring how skillfully th ...more
Ian McEwan’s Cement Garden left me with the same feelings I had after reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. I was aware of their resemblance right from the beginning, not in the sense of an imitation, of course, far from it, but in the choice of the theme and the way to develop it.
Both books argue about the famous nature versus nurture, showing how thin the shell of civilization is, how easy social conventions are forgotten when the link with society is broken. And t ...more
Si può dire del Tedesco che non sia una lingua propriamente dolcissima, ma quando si tratta di trovare i termini adatti per descrivere stati d’animo e situazioni impalpabili e incorporee, i Tedeschi battono tutti. E così hanno inventato questo bel termine: das Unheimlich. Tradotto in Italiano come “Il perturbante”, talvolta come “Il sinistro”, questo termine è, a mio avviso, intraducibile, e si riferisce alla sensazione che si prova quando qualcosa si avverte allo stesso ...more
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Jack, his two sisters and much younger brother are orphaned when his father has an accident while concreting over the garden and shortly after the funeral his mother falls ill and dies. The children don’t as much decide to ento ...more
"The Cement Garden," written by McEwan in 1978, is a chilling little book about children living on their own without parents. Essentially, McEwan has const ...more
the two older siblings in effect become the head of the household, and make a decision to keep the family together that has troubling consequences.
that one can relate to the narrator is equally disturbing and heart breaking...
The story is simply told although clearly very odd. Four children ranging in age from 6 to 16 are orphaned rather suddenly. There seem to be no relatives and essentially no socia ...more
Having now read "The Cement Garden" I must say that whoever continued reading his books were brave people. If I had no idea that his storytelling abilities had improved I would never again read one of his books. In fact, I would probably l ...more
Ich habe mich lange gefragt, warum ich so einer Geschichte vie ...more
Gainsbourg was about 21 when she made the film, but was portraying a 16 or 17-year-old adolescent or thereabouts, and looked the part; her character, Julie, seem ...more
I appreciated this book’s insight into how children might behave when the parents are absent. I felt uncomfortable for the entire length, which is far better than the apathy most recent reads have engendered. And I was impressed by McEwan’s subtle writing and look forward to reading more of his work.
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McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last ...more