In between the Sheets

In between the Sheets

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by Ian McEwan
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Powers
A writer in full control of his materials...in these short stories, the effect achieved by Mr. McEwan's quiet, precise, and sensual touch is that of magic realism -- a transfiguration of the ordinary that has a...strongish visceral impact. -- The New York Review of Books
From the Publisher
“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.” -- Paul Bailey, Observer

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679749837
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,184,041
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
June 21, 1948
Place of Birth:
Aldershot, England
Education:
B.A., University of Sussex, 1970; M.A., University of East Anglia, 1971
Website:
http://www.ianmcewan.com

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In Between the Sheets 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
X_in_SF More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.