I have recommended Ian McEwan books in the past as I love his writing style (smart and alluring) and this, his latest novel, blew me away—it is brilliant! Written through the voice of a fetus, McEwan has mastered a contemporary retelling of Hamlet! Wicked and genius, Nutshell gives us yet another example of why McEwan is one of the greatest writers of our times. Treat yourself to this short, expertly written novel. You won’t regret it! Can a society like this actually exist in our country! Why does the United States allow them to govern under their own rules of law? Their belief in the right to have multiple wives is so extreme that they will kill and die to uphold it. Amazing and scary. I highly recommend!
This is the first novel I read by Margaret Atwood and it is, as the rest of her books, remarkable! When an artist returns to her hometown of Toronto, she is surrounded by the memories of an abusive friendship and the longing, betrayal, and pain of her childhood. Although the main theme of the book is “bullying”, it is also about other relationships and becoming an independent woman; and is, at times, very amusing. Through her beautiful prose and descriptions, Atwood keeps you thinking. Long after finishing this book, I found myself returning to specific sentences and phrases—she is an incredible writer! Read this slowly and carefully, and you will see a genius at work!