In this stunning new novel, Ian McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s... show more
In this stunning new novel, Ian McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.” Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one. Once again, Ian McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self.
Publish date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Pages no: 301
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Spy Thriller
Book: Sweet Tooth Author: Ian McEwan Genre: Spy Thriller/Fiction/Romance Summary: Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate th...
On the one hand, the heroine's insights on the whys and hows of other people's actions felt empowering. Her ongoing evaluation of the ultimate reasons for about everyone's actions was quite formidable. On the other hand, her emotional rollercoaster felt incredibly weird. Are there really people who ...
This book was frustrating to read because it moved veeeeeeery slowly, but I was intrigued by the promise of, well, intrigue, so I powered through. Would have been a 2-star read but the ending delivered pretty delightfully.
Wow! McEvan versteht es wirklich meisterlich, ein überraschendes Finale zu gestalten. Nie wäre ich auf dieses Ende gekommen. Auch die Geschichte seines Romans Honig lässt keine Wünsche offen, eine Agentenstory aus der Zeit der Ölkrise und Streiks, aber keine Räuberpistole ala Fleming oder Harris, so...
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