The Innocent – Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan The Innocent

The joy of reading fiction is that you get transported to places and periods without leaving your chair, and whilst reading The Innocent by Ian McEwan I was living in 1950s Berlin.

This novel is a fascinating portrayal of post-war Berlin as well as a love story and a spy thriller. Two-thirds of the way through, a shocking episode is exhaustively described, and I began to lose my enthusiasm for the book. Eventually, however, it is wrapped up with a very satisfying and surprising ending.

Recommended (with reservations regarding the difficult episode).

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