Due to the nature of my degree, I am always reading, however I have a lot less time to read for pleasure. But, whenever I do find the time I often turn to one of my favourite authors: Ian McEwen!
So, why McEwen? Well firstly, without giving away any spoilers, I always love the big twist he includes within his plots. Despite being an avid reader of McEwan’s they always take me by surprise! I love the fact that regardless of which one of his texts I may be dipping into, each one brings something completely different- hence why I am kept guessing. I also really enjoy how easily immersed and invested I am with McEwan’s characters- I find them extremely relatable so I can’t help but to turn the page to find out what happens next. This is due to the plot placing the reader in a diverse and thought provoking setting.
Also, McEwan constantly tackles interesting and engaging subject matters within his fiction. As I mentioned, I do read him for pleasure, but he is also of academic interest. My Literature and Environment module had McEwan’s Solar listed on it’s recommended reading list, due to his engagement with eco-critical issues. During my A-levels I also read On Chesil Beach (which I really enjoyed). McEwan is critically acclaimed also, for example Amsterdam was the winner of The Booker Prize (1998) and Atonement was also shortlisted for the prize in 2001 (this was also adapted into a feature film directed by Jo Wright in 2007).
Atonement was the first book I ever read of McEwan’s and I had come across it completely by chance! I was on holiday and had read all of my ‘holiday books’, but the villa we were staying in had a bookshelf. I decided to have a nose around, when I came across Atonement. Recognising the title from the film, I thought I would give the book a try- and I am so pleased that I did!
So far, my favourite work of his is Saturday (not pictured as it is on my kindle). Saturday follows the story of Henry Perowne, a neurosurgeon going about his daily life struggling to place himself in the post-modernist setting of the novel, engaging the reader in a setting of contemplation of modern life. But then, the problems Perowne considers come much closer to home…
I wont spoil it by revealing anymore, but hopefully that short synopsis gives some insight to why I enjoy McEwan so much!
I have a lot more McEwan to read, but I am enjoying making my way through his work! I am now currently reading Enduring Love. I’m only a chapter in so far, but I am loving it already!
Thank you for reading! If you’ve enjoyed this post please like/comment/share away! Have you read anything by McEwan? If not, do you think you will now? Who is your go to author? I would love to hear from you!