I finally got The Hunger Games from my local library, so had to frantically hurry up the book I was reading to start it.
Which may be part of why I didn’t like Ian McEwan’s The Innocent. Or it could be because it was just unpleasant.
Let me start off with my love for Ian McEwan. Atonement is a favorite (not the movie version however). Saturday was excellent. There are a couple of others I’ve read & enjoyed.
I think he’s a brilliant writer who examines ordinary people who find themselves in exceptional & a lot of times horrifying situations.
In theory The Innocent should be right up my alley. It takes place in Berlin after WWII- perfect historical backdrop.
There is a little mystery and espionage. There’s a love story.
Here’s the issue: the espionage plods along because McEwan goes into A LOT of detail on the protagonist’s job, helping with the underground tunnel into the Russian sector. Fascinating job, right? McEwan makes it mind-numbing. Which may be the point but it doesn’t make for a good read!
The love story is….. not really something you cheer for. They go through all these obstacles and it ends with the twist.
Sure, the twist I did not see coming. It surprised me. But it also left me slightly nauseous, so I can’t say it was a good surprise.
I get that’s it still tightly written & it does keep you in suspense. Its just really not that good of a story.
Anyone read it? Did anyone enjoy it?
Are there any other McEwan novels I should stay away from so as not to be let down again?