Friday, January 18, 2008

7. "The Comfort of Strangers" - Ian McEwan

A hefty review could exceed the word count of this novella, so I'll keep it short.

Colin and Mary are in a committed relationship, sometimes too close. While vacationing in an unnamed European city, they meet a strange local couple. Strange equals bad/evil.

Written in 1981, this could be the precursor to internet myths and hoaxes. "Don't vacation in XX or XX will happen to you."

From the first pages, I didn't feel invested in the characters, but it was short enough to finish without feeling cheated. It's thrust into the category of "meh."

1.75 out of 5.0 Sex on the Sacandagas.


Becky said...

I've come to the conclusion that Ian McEwan, like Michael Cunningham, is one of those celebrated authors that just doesn't do it for me. I gave them a fair shot but we don't click at all.

Liz said...

It'll take me a while to catch up on all your reviews - did you ever read Atonement? I finished it just a little while ago and it pretty much destroyed me. I was wondering how much his style differs between books - any thoughts? I'll have to read some more of his to see.

Jeane said...

I've been reading your blog for a while and I'd like to subscribe to the feed, but can't find it can you help me out?

Jason said...

Atonement was #90 for last year. Check the December 2007 archives--it's about seven posts down.