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Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
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Jun 20, 09

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

I'd been wanting to read something by Ian Mcewan and this was one of the shorter books and I saw; also, the premise sounded interesting. Without revealing much about the story, it follows a man writing a memoir about his parents-in-law. The mother-in-law is a mystic/believer and the father-in-law is a rationalist/atheist/former communist. The book involves a struggle between this husband and wife and their differing ideologies. Mcewan is an amazing writer and while the book was fairly slow it kept me interested (I guess this is how most of Mcewans writing is). I read through some parts slowly as I really like his style and have been trying to further develop my own writing style. His next book I'd like to read is "Saturday" which sounds interesting.

I gave it a 3 but it probably deserved a 3.5.
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Trevor Denton I'm excited to hear your final verdict on this. I actually bought this book a few weeks ago, along with McEwan's "Enduring Love" and haven't started either of them yet. But my writing teacher last semester personally recommended McEwan to me, claiming my own writing has similarities to his.

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