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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2009

    The Cement Garden

    The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan is a shockingly dark, morbid yet brilliant novel depicting the lives of four siblings left to care for one another when their parents die. The children, oldest Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom, the youngest who seems to grow progressively younger and more attached throughout the book, are faced with the challenges and mystery that come with being suddenly relieved of parental oversight. McEwan's writing in The Cement Garden stays true to the style he is most famous for- imagery so exact it can make the stomach turn (especially when describing the stench coming from the basement), and the morbid topics such as incest and death he so enjoys writing about. And aside the trials and tribulations that come with a lack of parental guidance, the two oldest children, Julie and Jack, are amidst their own changes as adolencents. When Julie's boyfriend, Derek, starts hanging around the house asking too many questions, "how long have you been living alone?" "what exactly is buried in the basement that is making that smell?", the four children begin to band together to preserve their relationships. But the relationships turn in the climactic last scene which makes you ponder and be disgusted by the weirdness of McEwans writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Thought Provoking

    This novel was very compelling and thought provoking not to mention bizarre. A number of disturbing themes are explored, including incest. While I did enjoy the book, it was hard for me to be wildly enthusiastic. It did address mature themes head-on but for what purpose, I am not completely sure. I am certainly willing to read other McEwan books (this was my first) and would even consider re-reading this book to gain better insight into its purpose and deeper themes. Having said that, I am nonetheless more restrained in my praise than other reviewers.

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