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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
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Sep 06, 2012

really liked it

McEwan is a master of language. Hands down, end of story. He could scribble plotless narrative onto a page and it would still be captivating and relentlessly enticing.

Is Serena Frome a modern-day woman in literature that is subservient to the drawls of men, though? Has McEwan fallen into this trap? The question surfaces many times throughout the novel, only to find its conclusion with a passive understanding of narration (double narration): the interpretation of personal 'want' in the eyes of another person. It elicits agonizing frustration from the reader but covers McEwan's own back from committing that fatal feminine flaw within Serena. It's no Amsterdam or Atonement, and Enduring Love's story of deceitful love is, well, more enduring, but Sweet Tooth is good all the same.
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