The Cement Garden
Publish date: August 5th 2004
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, English Literature
I get what McEwan was trying to do here - but I could not get past the incestual thoughts and actions. Just painful to read for me.
McEwan's first novel is very much a McEwan novel even if it is working within the genre of Transgressive fiction. It concerns a dysfunctional and repressed family with four children. I don't want to give too much away, but it is about dysfunctional coping strategies around grief and isolation.The ...
Without a doubt, the best thing about The Cement Garden is the author photo. That's not to say the book is so bad that the photo stands out as being exemplary; instead, it is meant to be an indication of how awesome the photo is. Now I know, some may have read more recent editions of this novel, and...
Re-reading it after years of the first read. It really is only ok for me. the story feels rather like cement garden to me, dry, grey... I wish I could hit Jack especially on his slum period.
It's unsettling, to say the least. It's unsettling, lethargic, and casually disturbing. It was not as mindblowingly messed up as some reviews allowed me to believe, but it was effective. It left me feeling stilted and for lack of better word, gross. Kind of like a dead body buried in poorly mixed ce...