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The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
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Sep 01, 08

Read in September, 2008

I blasted through this one and am looking forward to re-reading it. Too good.

An author of children's books suffers the loss of his daughter, who is snatched from him in a supermarket line. He and his wife deal with the loss differently, and they separate. We see him go about the business of grieving, the principal respite from it being his participation in a committee writing a government guide on child rearing.

There's so much to this book--I love the interweaving of the government meetings and the politics with the protagonist's dissolution. McEwan, ever the proponent of placing science in the context of his situations, does some nice riffing on the physics of time and includes a character who takes on time's relentless impact on his life.

McEwan does his usual ethical riff on how we are to be by creating a sympathetic character who nonetheless fails someone close to him somehow. I liked his handling of it here, just as I did in Enduring Love.

Just can't get enough of McEwan. His writing makes me feel so alive.
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