Are the catastrophes of life tragic, or only horrible?

To read more about Enduring Love try this article from The Boston Globe. Here is an extract:

In Ian McEwan’s novels, something terrible always happens. A young boy and his sisters are made orphans and try to hide the putrefying evidence in the basement of their home (The Cement Garden); a woman on her honeymoon in France is attacked by wild Nazi guard dogs (Black Dogs); an adolescent Englishman in Berlin takes part in a horrific murder and disposes of the corpse one piece at a time (The Innocent).

Enduring Love, McEwan’s latest novel, is as beautifully realised as his others, and every bit as gruesome. In some ways, this new book can be read as a kind of commentary on all his fiction: It’s not only a violent novel, but also a novel about our responses to violence. It asks us to choose between competing visions of events, and, in the process, forces us to examine the way we react to both art and life when something terrible happens.

Read the rest here.


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