A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers"--
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2016]
ISBN: 9780385542081
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Aug 14, 2019

I read it because it is one of the Book Club books. I was bored at page 3 did not want to finish it. It became slightly interesting in the middle when the husband visits the wife and her lover unexpectedly with a beautiful intelligent girl. Very predictable. I skipped so many unintelligent discussions between the wife and the lover. I skim through last chapters to see any twist and turns. Nothing. Plot is flat. It is supposed to be Hamlet like. Story is told by an unborn fetus with the mind of an educated middle aged person( man). I found no humor in this. Claustrophobic at best.

ontherideau Mar 18, 2019

Unusual and unpredictable

DBRL_MattS Jan 08, 2019

In typically masterful prose, Ian McEwan tells the story of Hamlet if Hamlet were an unborn child still in Gertrude's (or in this case, Trudy's) womb. A fetus is an unusual narrator to be sure and in a less skilled author's hands may have required me to suspend too much disbelief, but McEwan writes so well that said fetus offering such rich insights into human nature and so vividly describing people and things he has never seen seems entirely plausible. Recommended for fans of McEwan's work and anyone who enjoys a good story told well.

Nov 11, 2018

Superb book. Extremely clever and magnificently written. Initially when I heard the premise of the book I was put off. But I am so glad I read it. You have to rest your overly rational self aside when you start reading this book and concentrate on what is written, its style and substance.

Oct 26, 2018

Intriguing way to convey a story, but my interest fizzled out after a dozen pages.

May 05, 2018

Great style; funny, sarcastic, mysterious, entertaining.

Nov 13, 2017

While the perspective of the fetus was extremely interesting and well executed, this book is a snore fest. I can't recount how many pages of this 200-page novel are made up of the characters having sex and feeling worried. The story could have easily been compressed to less than 100 pages.

JCLMandaW Sep 09, 2017

I've tried to get into McEwan on multiple occasions, but I have yet to find one of his books that really speaks to me. While I did appreciate the humor and thought this was a unique perspective for a retelling of 'Hamlet', I did not find it all that compelling. An average read at best.

Jun 05, 2017

Brilliant take on "Hamlet." Not a bad page.

polished May 28, 2017

A magnificent and compelling little read. Narrated by a fetus, so quite an unusual viewpoint.

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