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Hardback:Lessons:2022 Hardback Lessons
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Author: McEwan, Ian
Publication year: 2022
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Media Hardback
Classification: F
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 2022
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 1787333973 9781787333970
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While the world is still counting the cost of the Second World War and the Iron Curtain has descended, young Roland Baines's life is turned upside down. Stranded at boarding school, his vulnerability attracts his piano teacher, Miriam Cornell, leaving scars as well as a memory of love that will never fade. Twenty-five years later, as the radiation from the Chernobyl disaster spreads across Europe, Roland's wife mysteriously vanishes and he is forced to confront the reality of his rootless existence and look for answers in his family history. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Covid pandemic and climate change, Roland sometimes rides with the tide of history but more often struggles against it. Haunted by lost opportunities, he seeks solace through every possible means - literature, travel, friendship, drugs, politics, sex and love. Roland's story asks can we take full charge of the course of our lives without damage to others? And what can we learn from the traumas of the past?
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Not one of his best, but still well worth reading. Most impressive for its sweep of history, touching on WW2, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thatcher, New Labour, Aids, Trump, Covid and more. The way that historical events impinge on the lives of ordinary people, and speculation on what lies ahead are skillfully handled. Less impressive for me is the characterisation, which at times stretches credulity almost to breaking point. Unusually for recent McEwan there is also a lack of humour, although the police interviews and disposal of ashes are two notable exceptions guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you're a fan of McEwan, as I am, you should definitely read it; if you've not read him before, I'd suggest starting somewhere else, maybe Saturday, or Machines Like Me, or Nutshell.
11/10/22
robrue

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Year: 2019
Language: English
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Author: McEwan, Ian
Year: 1997
Language: English
Media Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
134 p. (Pbk)
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Huge disappointment.
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Paperback:First love, last rites:1997 Paperback
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year: 1997
Language: English
Media Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
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