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    An inventive and engaging novel

    Ian McEwan's "Nutshell" is an inventive and interesting novel. Narrated by a fetus, it's the story of John and Trudy, a separated couple expecting their first child, and Claude, John's younger brother, with whom Trudy is now having an affair. Trudy and Claude concoct a scheme to murder John, and the fetus, almost ready to be born, is "witness" to their scheming. The concept of this novel is very original, and while the premise is quite outrageous the book is well-written and engaging.
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    What not to expect when you're expecting

    A masterpiece of literary imagination -- clever, taut, funny -- and beautifully written, as we have come to expect from the versatile Ian McEwan.
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    Nutshell

    Perfection. Ian McEwan has done it again. Just let go and enjoy this book. While reading rejoice in the unique voice, just the right amount of detail - really fun, brilliant, and enjoyable ride.
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    Interesting Point of View

    Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for giving me an advanced free copy in exchange for an honest review. In a nutshell, (yes I said it-i'm even repeating it!) I liked this book. The story is meh, we've all heard it before but what is interesting and original is the voice of the narrator. The unborn child of Trudy and John gives us his intelligent and heartfelt rundown of what goes on behind closed doors. Although he doesn't know what the colour blue is, he certainly knows a lot about life, love and good and evil. Trudy is 8 months pregnant and despises her husband John. She is beautiful, self centred and greedy and is using her pregnancy to keep John out of his family home. The home itself is dilapidated but worth millions and Trudy wants it. Also, keeping John out of his home allows her to carry on with his brother Claude. Together they are planning on killing John and splitting the money. So as I was reading and listening to the perspective of the baby, I have to say I was a little creeped out. I am a mother and carried two babies. The thought of any self aware fetus is horrid. I cringed when reading the blow by blow sexual encounters between Claude, the brother and Trudy. We know that Claude and Trudy plan on giving the baby away but Trudy's disregard for the health of the baby is uncomfortable. She barely eats and loves to drink wine - a lot of wine. So much so that the baby has his own preferences. These are such taboos in today's society it is hard to have any empathy for Trudy. Except when you hear how the baby just wants to be loved. Even though she is planning on killing his father, even though she doesn't want him, a child just wants to be loved. It is a quick read and although it won't rock your world, this novel is something that I think you will enjoy!
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    Nutshell

    Another interesting, unusual read from E.M. Always enjoyable.
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