Monday, 9 September 2013

BLACK DOGS – Ian McEwan, 1992

This is a sinister and disturbing book which is thought provoking and ultimately rewarding. Black dogs feature in the narrative symbolically (as you might expect) but also as part of a true encounter; a fearful attack which haunts one of the main characters from then on.
I love Ian McEwan’s writing style and the way he explores the way single events can resonate through the rest of a person’s life.
Here, he is also concerned with dark events in Europe from the Nazis to the fall of the Communists and how aspirations can become tarnished and lead to disillusionment. It manages to cram a multitude of ideas into fewer than 200 pages and leave you feeling as though you have read many more.  

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