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The Child in Time

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    a moving reading of a deeply touching story

    This is my favourite McEwen book so far, and renowned English actor Nathaniel Parker (who has recorded many audio-books) gives one of his most moving readings in this recording. Both the novel and the reading are restrained, but not in that notorious British stiff-upper-lip way: there's plenty of emotion, but you have to be still enough to feel it. No, it's not exactly 'light entertainment', but I know I will listen to this several times over. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    Getting over Loss

    The book is about loss, from the sinking physical feeling in one's stomach when the horror sets in, to the eventual climb out of the abyss many years later, and not without scars. Although the subplot about his friend was distracting at times, and whether certain events were reality vs. imagination wasn't always clear (and maybe not meant to be) all in all it was a compelling story and written very well. The ending gave hope, which is what recovering from loss is all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Still Reading

    As i am still young when i first started reading the book i was quite confused, but as i read on i became more drawn into the book. The sense of time and the relationships developed in the book are very exciting. I am still readin this book but i definitely belive that it has been written very well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Simply a success

    McEwan's novel 'The Child In Time' has created a lasting effect on me as one of his better books to date. The use of language, syntax and empathy literally breaches your emotional boundaries, meaning you actually lose the ability to put it down! An outstanding success, and one that I could personally relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    Just Keep Reading!

    'The Child in Time' tells the story of a man learning to cope with the loss of his young daughter. McEwan also shows how this one moment sends Stephen on a downward spiral into depression and the knock-on effect it has on his relationship with his wife Julie. The main themes in this title include grief, relationships and, as the title suggests, time, involving an interesting moment where Stephen is looking at his mother who is carrying his foetal self. Overall, this is a very good book which I enjoyed very much: Chapter 1 is VERY emotional but just keep reading.

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