Sweet Tooth: A Novel

Sweet Tooth: A Novel

by Ian McEwan
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Sweet Tooth 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Mike_Brandon More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Ian McEwan fan.  If you are a fan of McEwan, I think you will enjoy this book, and it address many of themes and topics addressed in Atonement (e.g., the relationship between reader and author relationship and the author's relationship with his or her fiction.  But , notwithstanding that I enjoyed this book very much, I found it to be a bit gimmicky and a much lesser work compared to Atonement.  A lot of the book's ambiguities only pay off at the very end of the book (and you may find yourself re-reading the first chapters immediately after finishing the last one.).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you come to this novel expecting a spy thriller, you will be perplexed and disappointed. Readers who are familiar with McEwan, one of the greatest living English novelists, will find this delicious psychological puzzle and meditation on fiction, reality and creation, a joy. If you have never read his work before this is a wonderful place to start.
BringingPaperback More than 1 year ago
When I put Sweet Tooth on my Christmas list, I thought it was going to be a fast-paced novel. I wasn’t expecting action-packed, obviously (it's still Ian McEwan), but am I the only one who sees the words “secret mission” and clicks “add to cart”? That’s all I need to know. I’ll read it. I probably should’ve noticed, though, that “secret mission” was indeed in quotations even on the book jacket. But I was all, undercover! betrayal! intrigue! female spy! I read two chapters over Christmas break, got back to school, and four months later as I was packing up my dorm room, I found the book under my bed, untouched. I’m glad I picked it up again, because it’s definitely worth the read. Serena Frome is a smart, confused, independent girl who attracts the attention of many gentlemen callers, including, during her senior year at Cambridge, an older man involved with the British Security Service. It’s the Cold War era, the government is attempting to influence the cultural sphere, and that’s how Serena ends up on her quote-secret mission-end quote: to form a liason between the Security Service and unsuspecting writer Tom Haley (that’s where the romance and intrigue comes in). I’m not going to say anything else, because the best part of the novel is how it all unfolds. The only thing I didn’t like about Sweet Tooth was reading Tom Haley’s stories. Some of them are a little bit tedious, and (do I dare?) heavy-handed. But Ian McEwan knows how to end a novel, for sure, and sometimes a good ending makes it easy to forgive a few dull moments.
Cocoa_Koala More than 1 year ago
This book is quite extraordinary, and I would have loved to give it five stars. The story was interesting, the characters enticing, and the writing simply superb. Although many readers seem to have a problem with their lack of historical knowledge of situations in the story, this is no fault of the book; rather, it appears to be a personal problem. I had no prior knowledge of most subjects, since I have mostly only been taught American history up to this point, and I found no problem in my reading because of this- the story explained things well enough to understand all that was needed. The reason this story has failed to earn my last star is because, as some readers said, it was hard to "get into." However, once you do, it proves to be an amazing read. The final chapter's content made me unable to put the book down, and like another reviewer said, practically forced me to reread some parts found earlier in the novel. If you give this book a chance, and read it thoroughly to the end, no matter how long it takes, you shouldn't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try as I may, I just can't get into this book. Too much thinking, not enough dialogue!
Brasseur More than 1 year ago
To begin, I am a real fan of McEwan's writing, especially the less gothic-style works (Saturday, Solar). I appreciate his beautiful language and often satirical tone. This novel kept me in suspense until the last two pages and provided an ending that I had not at all expected. My book group was slated to discuss this so I read it a second time and enjoyed it just as much --- this time looking closely at the texture and the back story of the Cold War. I cared less about these principal characters than I'd expect to in a work that I liked. However, as a semi-autobiographical work about a literature major coming of age in the early '70s, I found this novel utterly satisfying and intellectually stimulating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this and was left pleasantly surprised. If you are a fan of his writing you will not be disappointed.
books57 More than 1 year ago
This was out book club choice and it was unanimous - none of us liked the book. We didn't understand the story line (was there one), nor the writing. The topics were scattered and the book just didn't make sense to all 10 of us. Bummer!
teach64 More than 1 year ago
Story was very dull, I was waiting for it to get exciting, first time in a long time I had to force myself to finish the book
NathanDPhillips More than 1 year ago
Not quite enough. This book is good. Placing it next to Atonement seems almost laughable. Atonement is amazing. This book: good. Unfortunately, this is the only word I can think to describe it.  Certainly, there are passages which are lyrically lovely. Some characters are enthralling. It was fun for me, someone who loves the cult of talented British writers (Amis, Hitchens, McEwan, Rushdie...), to see them in novelized form, but overall the book did not have the spark to lift it off the ground. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book assumes that the reader already has a certain level of understanding of British politics in the '70's. A little background info would have been helpful, as most of the time I have no idea what the aithor is referring to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written and gets inside the main charater's head in detail, but she is boring, vain, and shallow. The book is not a thriller, it's more of a character sketch, but it is not intersting because the main character is not intersting. She seems to primarily think about sex. So, while I would label this a "good" book in many ways, I would not recommend it. I'm half-way through, and I'm abandoning it for a more interesting read. I enjoyed Saturday and Atonement, but the positive reviews this book got from some in the media makes me hesitate to give this author another chance.
Behindblueeyes2 More than 1 year ago
I utterly loved this novel. I've read a lot of McEwan and this was my favorite. I received it as a Christmas gift and plunged right in. Now I'm recommending it to everyone. Serena Frome is an incredible character--I wish McEwan would write a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very dissapointed! I always look forward to reading Ian McEwans books. This one however, is a let down . The plot seems fragmented and boring. I'm struggling to finish it . Perhaps the last few chapterswill change my thoughts.. I hope so ......
carsam More than 1 year ago
Once again, Ian McEwan exams human nature in a way few others writers are capable of doing. He weaves a fascinating tale that takes us to an unexpected conclusion that, ultimately, is the only possible conclusion. Well done, Ian.
Readerfp More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy McEwan, but I found the plot of this novel confusing, long and boring. I could hardly finish it.
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Other_envious_writer More than 1 year ago
This is a spy story. That means that she (in this case) is recruited with lies, used for ulterior motives and finds out at the end that the person she least suspected is the biggest "villain." That's the script and almost everyone follows it, particularly if you're English. In this case, it's not even over anything particularly important, just a little social engineering subterfuge. She is the bait (hence the title) as much as the manipulator, "control" in the parlance. The only question you have to ask is if she is really in love with the man she is paying to write what MI5 views as philosophically correct (or is it 6, I can never keep them apart?) Maybe she is just trying to assuage her guilt. Still, there is that required surprise. The essay question of the week, class, then, is: Does she deserve what she gets (again, hence the title?)