#68 — The Children Act

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

  • Rating: 1/5
  • I used to like Ian McEwan. Then I read this book, a bad imitation of a Jodi Picoult novel
  • What’s up with authors writing first person narratives from the point of view of the opposite sex? It’s not impossible but in this case it doesn’t work.  The character has very maternal instincts at times (“take this boy and feed him up”), but then what was up with that kiss? It doesn’t make sense. I blame Wally Lamb for giving people the idea that this self-indulgent writing style is a cute and clever exercise
  • The infidelity side story was distracting, annoying, didn’t add anything to the novel — not sure what the point of it was