First Love, Last Rites: Stories

First Love, Last Rites: Stories

by Ian McEwan
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First Love, Last Rites: Stories by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan's Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices writing in England today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness. These tales are as horrifying as anything written by Clive Barker or Stephen King, but they are crafted with a lyricism and intensity that compel us to confront our secret kinship with the horrifying.

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ISBN-13: 9780394494227
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1975
Pages: 165

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award, as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children’s book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.


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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First Love, Last Rites 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In June of 1983, in one of London's large bookstores, I discovered Ian McEwan's First Love, Last Rites. Immediately, I was struck by the lyricism of his short stories. The mere opening of the first sentence of the title story--'From the beginning of summer until it seemed pointless'--sufficed to make me read on and peruse the other stories and purchase the book. The other stories did not disappoint: they too purled with an effortlessly elegant style and intriguing content. As an English professor, I am usually drawn more to style than content, but First Love, Last Rites has the intellectual/sensual ingredients for a nourishing time by the general reader. I knew these were the stories of a young man, but I also knew that he was destined to accomplish more and greater books. Thus, I still have McEwan's book on my bookshelf, and from time to time I read one of the stories: 'Mina that Mina' (from 'Disguises'), I read aloud and savor each sentence. First Love, Last Rites was Ian McEwan's first book, but I and undoubtedly other readers have had a lasting love for it.
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