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The Cement Garden

by Ian Mcewan

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | January 13, 1994 | Trade Paperback

The Cement Garden is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."--Washington Post Book World.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8.02 × 5.13 × 0.41 in

Published: January 13, 1994

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679750185

ISBN - 13: 9780679750185

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book This book is a bit dark and disturbing, but it is a good read.
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Clean Cut This is quite possibly the cleanest novel that i have read in a long time. Mcewan, with all his subtle nostalgia and symbollic references towards a time of liberation in Britain, has weaved a tale of family and alienation together tight, with a knot that a Boy Scout would be proud of, coming right at the end. This novel, set around the 1960s, will at times make you feel like a boxer pressed against the ropes, taking punches from every conceivable angle. I mean the man will trick you, draw you in with obtainable thoughts and descriptions, and then unleash family issues that you'd normally be more than happy to avoid. Mcewan is a family man alright, but this family, having suffered from the loss of both parents, have some rather pressing issues to acknowledge. The kids are not alright. Mcewan has you with the simple approach here, and in Cement Garden, the juxtaposition of a new dawn and a lost era, is lurking in the shadows, of this certain and self assured story. Less is more or more is less? Well, the result is the same. This is a splendid read of deception and dysfunction within a family left to fend for each other.
Date published: 2007-12-10

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The Cement Garden

by Ian Mcewan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8.02 × 5.13 × 0.41 in

Published: January 13, 1994

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679750185

ISBN - 13: 9780679750185

From the Publisher

In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."--Washington Post Book World.

From the Jacket

In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."--Washington Post Book World.

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award, as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children’s book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.

From Our Editors

In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies".--Washington Post Book World

Editorial Reviews

“Darkly impressive.” -- The Times

“A superb achievement: his prose has instant, lucid beauty and his narrative voice has a perfect poise and certainty. His account of deprivation and survival is marvellously sure, and the imaginative alignment of his story is exactly right.” -- Tom Paulin

“Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable.” -- Sunday Times

"A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery - and irresistibly readable...The effect achieved by McEwan''s quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism -- a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels." -- New York Review of Books

"His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing." -- The Times

"The Maestro." -- New Statesman

"McEwan has--a style and a vision of life of his own...No one interested in the state and mood of contemporary Britain can afford not to read him." -- John Fowles

"A sparkling and adventurous writer." -- Dennis Potter