Have you ever binged on one author? I’m sure you have.
For the past few months I’ve been reading books by Ian McEwan – Amsterdam, The Comfort of Strangers, Saturday (just released), and now I’m deep into The Child in Time. McEwan faces fairly average middle-class people with an extreme, yet realistic, usually violent, event (but without any graphic depiction of violence which, I think, makes it more troubling).
The Child in Time deals with the aftermath of a parent’s worst fear – the inexplicable abduction of a young child. McEwan likes to “weave” (during a recent interview about Saturday, he used the word “weave” and its variants about ten times!) subplots through his books and in this book he deals with the loss of childhood in several dimensions of the characters’ lives. So far, I’m finding it to be a disturbing and beautiful novel.Paul Gottschalk