In between the Sheetsby Ian McEwan
Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the
The second collection of short stories.
Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair.
“McEwan proves himself to be an acute psychologist of the ordinary mind.” -- New York Times
"His stories are so resonant and frightening because they are totally original. They are about the recognizable world of private fantasy and nightmare -- a world, despite our protestations to the contrary, we are all involved in." -- The Times
"The style recalls some dangerous activity: skillful driving too fast round corners, say -- Form and content are so intricately linked you can't divide them. This is a writer whose plainest combination of words is, like the draughtsman's proverbial dot, unmistakably telling." -- Financial Times
"His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing." -- The Times
"The Maestro." -- New Statesman
"McEwan has -- a style and a vision of life of his own...No one interested in the state and mood of contemporary Britain can afford not to read him." -- John Fowles
"A sparkling and adventurous writer." -- Dennis Potter
Meet the Author
IAN McEWAN is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.
- Oxford, England
- Date of Birth:
- June 21, 1948
- Place of Birth:
- Aldershot, England
- B.A., University of Sussex, 1970; M.A., University of East Anglia, 1971
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I think it was the first story that kind of turned me off - it started off with some interesting characters and family dynamics, but then turned into a story that seemed like it could have been told by some jr. high boys in the I went to school with in the eighties. Another story was just so-so and another was a dud, so I stopped reading. I can probably count the books I haven't finished on one hand, so. Loved The Cement Garden, Atonement and On Chesil Beach, though.
It is hard to believe that the author of "Atonement" and "On Chesil Beach" can write such rubbish. I am a fan of Mr. McEwan's work and I enjoy short stories, but this book was no pleasure to read. Even giving this book one star is hard to do.