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The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
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Feb 09, 2008

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Read in February, 2008

I sped through the first 75 pages and was really wrapped up in the story of the dad who lost his young daughter. But then the story got weird... the thing at the Olympics, the 1984-esque homelessess stuff, the friend who reverts to childhood and climbs trees, and the secretly gay prime minister.... It was an interesting read, to be sure, but I felt like it took me down obscure unrealistic paths that I would rather not have seen in the book. And the ending really let me down. I found it hard to believe that this guy was going to totally reform after 10 minutes with his ex-wife, and in those circumstances. Hard to believe that they wouldn't just wake up the next day feeling awkward and unhappy, just like when the reunite briefly earlier in the book.

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