This is a story of a man who is reminded of a summer he spent at a friend's house, in England when he turned 13 years old in 1900. I loved the beautifThis is a story of a man who is reminded of a summer he spent at a friend's house, in England when he turned 13 years old in 1900. I loved the beautiful writing, the mood and the pace of the book. The setting was so vivid, I felt like I was there. Mostly though, I appreciated how well the author got inside the head of the 13 year old, very innocent boy.
However, if you only like contemporary books or stories with a page turner plot, then this one is not for you. ...more
This review reflects only my level of enjoyment of this book and not the quality of the writing. I can easily understand how others might love it andThis review reflects only my level of enjoyment of this book and not the quality of the writing. I can easily understand how others might love it and give it 4 stars. It was beautifully written and I appreciated the writing style enough that I considered giving it the extra star for that. However I struggled through this book and was so relieved to be done that all I can muster is 2 stars. First of all, I am not a mystery lover. I hoped that this book would have enough of a captivating plot that the mystery part wouldn't be drawback for me. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The second problem was that I attempted the audio version of this book for the first 3rd of the book and I don't think it was a good choice for me. It was too complicated to follow when I didn't give it my undivided attention and then it was difficult to go back and review parts I missed. There were also too many characters in the beginning for me to keep track of which ones were important. The third problem was that there were too many details about finances for me. I just found it so boring yet I was afraid to skim because I thought I might miss an important clue for the mystery aspect. My last complaint is that the personality and voice given to the 3 narrators felt like they were all the same person. Even though their lives were different, I didn't get a sense of their personality from the narration. I almost gave up on the book at least three times but somehow I persevered and finish it. When I switched to the print version, I thought I might like it better. I still got bored at times but pushed on and at times it would get interesting for a bit but then lose me again. In the end I had committed so much time to the book, I felt obligated to finish it.
If you love mysteries and especially if you have any interest in the subject of finances you will enjoy this book way more than I did!...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you've read other books by Ian McEwan and like his style, this book won't disappoint. It wasn't as much of a spy thI thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you've read other books by Ian McEwan and like his style, this book won't disappoint. It wasn't as much of a spy thriller as the book discription may lead you to believe which was not a downside for me though. It was beautifully written, held my interest and kept me guessing to the end....more