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The Cement Garden

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The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Jan 13, 1994 | ISBN 9780679750185
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    Jan 13, 1994 | ISBN 9780679750185

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“Darkly impressive.” — The Times

“A superb achievement: his prose has instant, lucid beauty and his narrative voice has a perfect poise and certainty. His account of deprivation and survival is marvellously sure, and the imaginative alignment of his story is exactly right.” — Tom Paulin

“Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable.” — Sunday Times

"A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery – and irresistibly readable…The effect achieved by McEwan’s quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism — a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels." — New York Review of Books

"His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing." — The Times

"The Maestro." — New Statesman

"McEwan has–a style and a vision of life of his own…No one interested in the state and mood of contemporary Britain can afford not to read him." — John Fowles

"A sparkling and adventurous writer." — Dennis Potter

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