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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
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it was ok

I have no idea why I read this. It's my own fault, really - I think I mistook the author for another Ian. I knew I'd read something by McEwan but somehow I did not connect his name to Atonement, which I did not enjoy at all. This was better, but that's not saying much. This is the story of a judge whose cases mostly deal with children whose parents hold religious beliefs that contradict the morals of society at large. I wasn't too impressed with most of the characters, but some of the situations did make me think. What would I do if a teenager and his parents were opposed to lifesaving medical treatment on religious grounds? Would I let him die? What about if my husband asked me permission to have an affair with another woman? Would I change the locks? In the end, this is not a book I could in good conscious recommend, especially as the most likeable and interesting character turns out to just be a lame plot device.
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November 3, 2014 – Shelved
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