The Child in Time [NOOK Book]

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The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant. Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children's books. It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted. Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.

From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on ...
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The Child in Time

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Overview

The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant. Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children's books. It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted. Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.

From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche, and with time itself: "It was a wonder there could be so much movement, so much purpose, all the time. He himself had none."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

First Love, Last Rites was McEwan's first published book and is a collection of short stories that in 1976 won the Somerset Maugham Award. A second volume of his work appeared in 1978. These stories--claustrophobic tales of childhood, deviant sexuality and disjointed family life--were remarkable for their formal experimentation and controlled narrative voice. McEwan's first novel, The Cement Garden (1978), is the story of four orphaned children living alone after the death of both parents. To avoid being taken into custody, they bury their mother in the cement of the basement and attempt to carry on life as normally as possible. Soon, an incestuous relationship develops between the two oldest children as they seek to emulate their parents roles. The Cement Garden was followed by The Comfort of Strangers (1981), set in Venice, a tale of fantasy, violence, and obsession. The Child in Time (1987) won the Whitbread Novel Award and marked a new confidence in McEwan's writing. The story revolves around the devastating effects of the loss of a child through child abduction. Readers may know McEwan's work through these and other books, or more recently through his novel, Atonement, which was made into a major motion picture.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Rosetta presents modern classics from groundbreaking author Ian McEwan, author of Atonement and First Love, Last Rites (among others) in a special collection that offers readers the full-range of McEwan's smart, savvy, and engaging prose.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014097819
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Series: Ian McEwan Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 301,353
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

First Love, Last Rites was McEwan's first published book and is a collection of short stories that in 1976 won the Somerset Maugham Award. A second volume of his work appeared in 1978. These stories--claustrophobic tales of childhood, deviant sexuality and disjointed family life--were remarkable for their formal experimentation and controlled narrative voice. McEwan's first novel, The Cement Garden (1978), is the story of four orphaned children living alone after the death of both parents. To avoid being taken into custody, they bury their mother in the cement of the basement and attempt to carry on life as normally as possible. Soon, an incestuous relationship develops between the two oldest children as they seek to emulate their parents roles. The Cement Garden was followed by The Comfort of Strangers (1981), set in Venice, a tale of fantasy, violence, and obsession. The Child in Time (1987) won the Whitbread Novel Award and marked a new confidence in McEwan's writing. The story revolves around the devastating effects of the loss of a child through child abduction. Readers may know McEwan's work through these and other books, or more recently through his novel, Atonement, which was made into a major motion picture.
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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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    Posted March 28, 2011

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