The Child in Time

The Child in Time The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children s books It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermark

  • Title: The Child in Time
  • Author: Ian McEwan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 496
  • Format: ebook
  • The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children s books It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on hThe Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children s books It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche, and with time itself It was a wonder there could be so much movement, so much purpose, all the time He himself had none ABOUT THE AUTHORFirst Love, Last Rites was McEwan s first published book and is a collection of short stories that in 1976 won the Somerset Maugham Award A second volume of his work appeared in 1978 These stories claustrophobic tales of childhood, deviant sexuality and disjointed family life were remarkable for their formal experimentation and controlled narrative voice McEwan s first novel, The Cement Garden 1978 , is the story of four orphaned children living alone after the death of both parents To avoid being taken into custody, they bury their mother in the cement of the basement and attempt to carry on life as normally as possible Soon, an incestuous relationship develops between the two oldest children as they seek to emulate their parents roles The Cement Garden was followed by The Comfort of Strangers 1981 , set in Venice, a tale of fantasy, violence, and obsession The Child in Time 1987 won the Whitbread Novel Award and marked a new confidence in McEwan s writing The story revolves around the devastating effects of the loss of a child through child abduction Readers may know McEwan s work through these and other books, or recently through his novel, Atonement, which was made into a major motion picture.ABOUT THE SERIESRosetta presents modern classics from groundbreaking author Ian McEwan, author of Atonement and First Love, Last Rites among others in a special collection that offers readers the full range of McEwan s smart, savvy, and engaging prose.

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    1. A superb book about every parent's worst nightmare (a child goes missing), but you don't need to be a parent to appreciate it because it is primarily a story of loss, family (is it a couple, parents and children or a patriarchal institution such as the RAF?), distortions in (the perception of) time and reality, and of growing up and of regressing. Stephen Lewis is a children's author who also sits on a government committee that is meant to produce a handbook on child-rearing - to regenerate the [...]

    2. Absolute shit. The extra star is for the handsome writerly (Britishy) prose.* Other than that, yup: Shite!Turns out McEwan is the most polarizing writer I've ever encountered. The more stuff of his I read the more I am convinced that someone else wrote the gorgeous epic Atonement, not this classicist douche bag. The dude will let you know which caste he belongs to, it is way above yours. Even the Prime Minister plays a part in our protagonist's "life." Revolting. Perhaps this aspect, my nausea, [...]

    3. My fourth book by Ian McEwan. Enduring Love. Amsterdam. Atonement. The more I read his works, the more I get convinced that he is the author who knows how my brain is wired. He knows what I want, what I expect from my reading, how I would like my brain to be stimulated, how to keep me awake and keep on reading till the wee hours of the morning.Reading his books is like drinking a perfect blend: just enough decaf coffee, enough non-fat milk and brown sugar. Those are healthy choices because had I [...]

    4. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oh yes, where was I? Mmm, reviewing The Child in Time by Ian McEwanI remember now. To summarise; an overview of what it is toa) be a childb) have a childc) lose a childd) regress to a child like state (with the finally irony being that once you've gone through the first three and spend a lot of the book daydreaming about what it would be like to get your child back, you choose to ignore and abandon your friend who, for reasons of a personal/mental health/ sexual nature has decid [...]

    5. Ok, that's it. I'm done with Ian McEwan. This book was total bullshit. This was my third book by the author, and this is why I don't like reading too much by the same writer, especially popular "NYT best-seller" authors. I purchased this book because I thought it was going to be about a three year old girl (Kate) who gets kidnapped at a supermarket while out with her dad. True, McEwan wastes no time in describing the kidnapping in the very first chapter of the book, but after that the rest is ab [...]

    6. I always have the same reaction to McEwan's books: why does an author who can create passages about human disturbance and misery that ring so true insist upon adding elements into every novel that ring so false? Setting aside his formulaic plotting (barely plausible but not entirely ridiculous tragedy occurs, human relationships suffer - or don't - in the aftermath), why does McEwan throw in government ministers who wear short pants and freeze to death; or possibly-magical religious fanatics; or [...]

    7. I was steered towards this—my first encounter with Ian McEwan—several years ago subsequent to discovering in an interview with troubled actor Tom Sizemore that he deemed this book one of the greatest novels he had ever read. Since at the time I was personally in a state of mind that allowed me to relate quite sympathetically with his particular struggle against demons, I impulsively purchased a copy of the book later that same day.While I can't agree with him on the novel's relative merit, M [...]

    8. Stephen Lewis, the successful writer of a children's book, has had his life fall apart after the disappearance of his three-year-old daughter. His wife has left him and he faces the daily self-examination of what is left of his life as he goes through the stages of grief. 'More than two years on and still stuck, still trapped in the dark, enfolded with his loss, shaped by it, lost to the ordinary currents of feeling that moved far above him and belonged exclusively to other people.'Just who is ' [...]

    9. I totally adhered and understood the path of this couple completely dilapidated by the death of this child. Guilt, stunning, depression, the desire to get out anyway and indestructible hope of reunion that destroys everything.

    10. An internal novel that plays on its title: the search for childhood lost or to be yet found, and time moving back and forth in waves, weaving past and present into one tapestry.In typical McEwan tradition, the novel hovers around a singular event - protagonist Stephen loses his three year old daughter in a supermarket -an event that send his marriage and personal life into a dark spiral. As Stephen tries to grapple with his loss and revisits his own lost childhood, his friend and one-time publis [...]

    11. This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.For children, childhood is timeless. It’s always the present.What a beautiful book to round out 2017. If I don't read any other books past here, I'll be a very happy man. However, this book is also hauntingly sad but beautifully written to the point that you don't want to put it down and yet you want to just to prolong the experience. This is definitely a book that I'd like to own.So, what is this book about, really? I could answer that qu [...]

    12. Terzo libro che leggo di questo autore e, anche questa volta, sono stata catturata dalla sua bravura. Questa è una storia di dolore, perdita e lutto resa ancora più tragica dal fatto che non parliamo di morte vera e propria ma di scomparsa. Stephan infatti è un famoso autore di libri per bambini quando, in una normale giornata passata al supermercato, perde la figlia Kate. Rapita? Uccisa? Abusata? O semplicemente persa? Queste sono le idee che sorgono nella mente di Stephen e che lo tormenter [...]

    13. Primo approccio con McEwan, che dire? Questo romanzo mi ha fatto provare tutta una serie di emozioni contrastanti. Ora non mi resta che vedere la trasposizione cinematografica che vede come attore protagonista: Benedict Cumberbacht. *-*

    14. Childhood is magical.There is a myth, or at least a misconception, that this is a result of children being innocent. If you have ever been a child, then if you look deep into your heart, you will recognize this as the lie we tell ourselves to conceal the painful truth. Childhood is magical because it is inaccessible. Once gone, it can never be reclaimed, revisited, redone. It is lost to us except through the unreliable route of memories and mementos. Childhood is almost like a separate, first li [...]

    15. Ian McEwan, THE CHILD IN TIME (Penguin, 1987)Something happened to a number of bang-up in-for-the-kill horror writers in the early to mid eighties. I'm still trying to figure out what. Patrick McGrath, who'd given the world some of its most wonderfully gut-wrenching tales in _Blood and Water_, started writing slick, witty novels that came to just this side of horror. Clive Barker started writing fantasy. Anne Rivers Siddons gave us one of the definitive modern haunted house novels and then start [...]

    16. A routine, but joyful trip to the supermarket ends in tragedy. Steven Lewis's three year old daughter, Kate has disappeared from his side during a brief lapse of his attention.This book deals with the deep emotional turmoil and sorrow which he and his wife, Julie attempt to endure and to continue their existences following this loss.Although at times the narrative seemed to drag and cause me to question the direction McEwan had taken, further analysis following my reading proved that it was quit [...]

    17. Three and a half stars. For a large part very convincing, the horror of losing your child and the effect on the marriage of the parents is described in painful detail. But there are elements in the story that seem too artificial. What does the futuristic, Orwellian type of society have to do with the story? And the entire story about the Darke character? And the mysterious hallucination of Stephen in which he ‘sees’ his parents in the moment when they decide about his fate as a yet unborn ch [...]

    18. THE CHILD IN TIME. (1987). Ian McEwan. **.I never thought I’d rate a book by this author as low as this, but here it is. Frankly, I had to put it down at about page 100, never to be picked up again. I think I know what the author was trying to do, but I’m not sure I could explain it to anyone else. It’s a novel about time, and it’s fluidity. It is set in a slightly dystopian future that mimics the realities of our present time. England has a female prime minister, who, though not named, [...]

    19. In what might be Ian McEwan’s least-read, but perhaps best novel, The Child In Time, a children’s book author, Stephen, must come to terms with his three-year old daughter’s abduction and, presumably, her death. Complicating this heart-breaking situation is Stephen’s wife Julie, who has hermited herself away in the countryside, and the fascinating and surreal parallel stories of Stephen’s own childhood, and that of his best friends—his publisher and his wife, a physicist. “The chil [...]

    20. Beware: this review contains some spoilers (although if you're thinking of reading this book for the plot, you should look elsewhere).I have no idea how Ian McEwan did it, but he managed to take a bunch of interesting events (the loss of a child, a car crash, a friend going insane and committing suicide) and make them booooooring. Maybe the writing is absolutely brilliant. I can't tell. The figurative language is okay, the imagery is okay (I've seen far better from populist genre writers), the r [...]

    21. It's not correct to say I finished this book; I just stopped reading. With one exception (The Innocent) I have put down every McEwan book I tried to read. I find his initial premises fascinating, but after 50 pages or so, I start to get bogged down in what I would call "over-writing," by which I mean writing for the author and not the reader. The story becomes relatively meaningless, and even the characters are subservient to the writer's phrase. I'm probably in a minority, but that's my take.

    22. Every sentence Ian McEwan writes seems to come from a depth of erudition, a richness of experience, an acute perceptiveness. He speaks with the voice of all the British greats, updated and with subject matter appropriate to our times. But he’s definitely canonical. And he’s not afraid to be a bit old-fashioned, to write a story from a single point of view if it suits him. The Child in Time, an early, pre-Atonement novel, benefits from McEwan’s surfeit of talent, his sharp intelligence comb [...]

    23. nel dolore, quello vero, si rimane soliMi ha preso meno di Sabato, forse per un ritmo più lento e uno stile meno logorroico, ma mi ha confermato nell'idea che McEwan sia bravissimo nelle descrizioni minuziose di eventi della durata di pochi minuti, che lui sa far ricche di tante osservazione cavillose ma realistiche. Ma bravo anche nel descivere con poche parole un evento, una situazione, un'emozione. Quella partenza poi, con la scoparsa della piccola Kate fin dal principio, che porta l'attenzi [...]

    24. ****I've tried not to be hugely insensitive, but possibly not succeeded. Given the subject matter I can imagine that this book has touched people, may be beloved by readers, may have helped people out of dark times or just pulled hard on certain heart-strings. I wouldn't want anyone to read me ragging on it and think I'm in any way having a go at people in this situation generally or even the experience readers may have derived from it. This is purely my personal beef with Ian McEwan's book, whi [...]

    25. []mentre avanzava con tanta furia restava fermo, seguitando a schiantarsi intorno allo stesso punto. E da questo pensiero scaturì una tristezza che non era soltanto sua. Era vecchia di secoli, di millenni. Scuoteva lui e innumerevoli altri, come un vento che passi tra l'erba.Non c'era nulla di suo, non un solo gesto, un movimento, il suono di una voce, neppure quella tristezza, niente che appartenesse a qualcuno.Stephen Lewis è diventato quasi per caso uno scrittore di romanzi per bambini, ha [...]

    26. I read "Child in Time" by Ian McEwan, and liked it a lot! I cannot, however, pinpoint some exact quotes. The style of writing is fluid and elegant, somehow visceral but also realistic in its condensation and extension of time. And the themes discussed are personal, presented in a crystallizing manner. Sometimes, as a reader, I felt like zooming in to see what happens with a character, beyond time and space, to his/her heart and to all that lies in close vicinity. There is also a constant feeling [...]

    27. I'd like to think that reading this book is akin to taking a guided tour through Ian McEwan's mind. It is not what I thought - based on the cover material - it is about. It is about the nature of time, and relationships, especially our relationship to ourself. It is about the fact that we know very little about ourself, about the people closest to us (never mind those at a distance) and about what is really going on in our lives. It is about grief, the healing nature of joy, and about the way th [...]

    28. Closer to early, surreal Ian McEwan than what we've become used to over the past few years and unnerving in the manner of his first short stories. I enjoyed it; I just didn't warm to the tone of his narrator. Interesting that it contains a fantastic set-piece ( a car crash) that is a telling foretaste of the balloon incident in his following book, Enduring Love. And the ending; very human and very emotional.

    29. This was pulled from a shelf of left-behind paperbacks at the holiday cottage we stayed in. I was intrigued by the blurb. Having your child disappear and never knowing what happened must be the top of every parents nightmare scenarios - and how do you go on? This is an incredible book, deserves the five stars and the prize it won undoubtedly. Did I enjoy it? No. The subject matter is just so painful that even a uplifting ending didn't make it enjoyable.

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