Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Compact. I love Ian McEwan’s novel titled, Nutshell, for many reasons. The originality and cleverness of using a fetus as narrator was brilliant. The notion that this fetus is full of insight and broad knowledge was a real kick, especially when it came to the commentary of the fetus about wine. McEwan’s prose, like the title, packs a wallop with great efficiency. He never uses two words when one will do. He never uses one word when five are necessary to deliver just the right impact. Some readers may see this as a modern take on Hamlet and enjoy McEwan’s approach even more from that perspective. Finally, first and last really, this is fine storytelling involving deceit and murder. Readers who love finely written literary fiction are those most like to enjoy this novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Nutshell from

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