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Black Dogs

byIan Mcewan

Paperback | August 27, 1993

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Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of Bernard and June Tremaine’s marriage, as witnessed by their son-in-law, Jeremy, who seeks to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences that seem irreconcilable. In writing June’s memoirs, Jeremy is led back to a moment, that was, for June, as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy’s own time. Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civilization’s darkest moods — its black dogs — with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.
Ian McEwan is the author of nine novels, including Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, and Atonement.
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Title:Black DogsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.96 × 5.2 × 0.48 inPublished:August 27, 1993Publisher:Knopf Canada

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ISBN - 10:0394280199

ISBN - 13:9780394280196

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and disturbing At one point in his career, McEwan was nicknamed Ian Macabre, for his early, disturbing work. This seems to me the last vestige of those dark early stories - mid-career McEwan dealing with shattering secrets from the past. Once you understand what the title refers to, you'll see why this is his darkest work. Certainly one of the nastiest scenes in recent literary memory.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black Dogs I read this book for my contemporary literature class. It's a great read that questions the reality of evil either spiritual evil or actual evil and what we do with it and how we deal with it. I highly recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Civilization's darkest moods Between putting reading a few novels for school, Ian McEwan's Black Dogs has been sitting on my shelf, and needing a quick read between assignments I voraciously read it over a weekend. A short novel (150 pages), but large in scope and a novel that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on me. Black Dogs focuses on Bernard and June Tremaine, two formerly jocund lovers but their opinions of each other turn to disdain quickly over some important ideological differences: Bernard's obsession with communism and his atheist beliefs; June's hatred of communism and her new found spirituality -- a result of her "black dogs" incident in the rugged hillside of rural France. I have to say I loved this novel. It is for the most part brilliantly written -- a few awkward sentences I found scattered throughout, however -- and McEwan offers an equivocal look at religion versus politics, "deep" meaning versus the coincidental, the need for ideology or a repugnance for it. McEwan gives no answers; the book reads like a debate. Great, great novel.
Date published: 2010-10-05

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Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of Bernard and June Tremaine’s marriage, as witnessed by their son-in-law, Jeremy, who seeks to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences that seem irreconcilable. In writing June’s memoirs, Jeremy is led back to a moment, that was, for June, as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy’s own time. Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civilization’s darkest moods — its black dogs — with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.1. Can a person be happy when evil exists in the world? Is this novel a warning to be on guard?

From Our Editors

Idealistic and madly in love, Bernard and June are on their honeymoon in the mountains of France. They've planned a perfect trip of sightseeing, nature walks and exploration. But a horrific chance encounter with the Black Dogs changes the nature of the trip – and their future lives.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Black Dogs:“A terrifyingly beautiful political allegory in the form of a sublimely readable novel.”—Ottawa Citizen“Black Dogs claws at us with images and phrases that seize the eye and mind … [it] continues [McEwan’s] career trajectory from young purveyor of psychological shock to adroit painter of political and moral grimness.”—Philadelphia Inquirer“Masterful and moving.… It is a story of the fragile nobility of the human spirit in the face of the irrational, the terrible and the miraculous.”—The Washington Post“McEwan has constructed an intricate puzzle, piecing together the need for both social action and spiritual contemplation, and passions of lovers and misunderstandings of families … Beautifully written and absorbing … a wonderful novel.”—Los Angeles Reader