The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan

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...what makes the book difficult is that these children are not--we trust--real people at all. They are so consistently unpleasant, unlikable and bitter that we can't believe in them...
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In this tour de force of psychological unease--now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack--McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."--Washington Post Book World.
 

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Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot, England on June 21, 1948. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Sussex and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia. He writes novels, plays, and collections of short stories including In Between the Sheets, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, and Enduring Love. He has won numerous awards including the 1976 Somerset Maugham Award for First Love, Last Rites; the 1987 Whitbread Novel Award and the 1993 Prix Fémina Etranger for The Child in Time; the 1998 Booker Prize for Fiction for Amserdam; and the 2002 W. H. Smith Literary Award, the 2003 National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award, the 2003 Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, and the 2004 Santiago Prize for the European Novel for Atonement. He also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Saturday in 2006.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by RosettaBooks. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Reviewed by ANNE TYLER on Nov 26 1980

...what makes the book difficult is that these children are not--we trust--real people at all. They are so consistently unpleasant, unlikable and bitter that we can't believe in them...

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