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Oh, the Irony

Thomas Jones: Ian McEwan, 25 March 2010

by Ian McEwan.
Cape, 285 pp., £18.99, 0 224 09049 6
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... Not entirely. Daily life would not permit it.’ In a New Yorker profile of McEwan last year, Galen Strawson is quoted as saying that ‘Ian is essentially a short-story writer,’ that none of his longer books ‘has the unity of drive that the best novels have’. It’s hard to disagree with this assessment. The disappearance of the daughter in ...

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