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  • Verlag: Jonathan Cape
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0671428500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671428501
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 13,7 x 2 cm
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Ian McEwan, geboren 1948 in Aldershot, wurde als Literaturstudent von Angus Wilson und Malcolm Bradbury gefördert, von Philip Roth für ein Schriftsteller-Stipendium nominiert und für den ersten Erzählungsband mit dem Somerset-Maugham-Preis ausgezeichnet. Der Autor lebt und arbeitet in London.

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10 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von schiko am 13. August 2002
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Having seen the movie (Christopher Walker is a genius, as always) and having read the book afterwards I still am deeply touched by it. What irritates me most is that I cannot explain exactly why - I can only repeat the adjectives given in the title of this review which I read in several movie recensions. ATMOSPHERE is perhaps the right word, and since Daphne DuMaurier's "Don't look back" (movie from 1973) or even Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" (movie from 1970) there is obviously no other town on earth in which the depressing or eerie atmosphere lurking around the corner is palpable like that. Some reviewers critized the book as "unconvincing" and "implausible" (even as "boring" which I read incredulously!), its actions "inconceivable" - perhaps they should stick to reading James Bond novels or the like... But if you prefer brilliant reading about the mysterious, sinister and non-superficial side of human lives, you have to try this book!
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8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von taking a rest am 26. Januar 2003
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I would guess like many readers I came upon this writer's work when he began receiving international acclaim for his work, "Amsterdam", in 1998 when the novel won The Booker Prize. I have read his work that has been published after that tale, and now have been going back to his earlier work, a decision that can be very rewarding, or quite the opposite. I suppose expecting earlier work to be less mature or skillful is reasonable, but there are also writers that appear with an initial work that is very good or even excellent, and they manage, with some exceptions, to keep the quality of work very high. Other writers peak with their first book, there are no rules.
"The Comfort Of Strangers" is the second novel that Mr. McEwan published, and it would be fair to call it more of a short story. I don't know what divides a short story from a novella from a novel; it appears publishers use the terms interchangeably at times. From the two earlier works I have read, this book along with, "The Innocent", Mr. McEwan to date, sits in the category of writers who get better as they hone their craft. This may appear to be the normal course of a writer's development, but we all have read otherwise.
My primary complaint with this book is that the author worked around the fringes of what many would consider taboo conduct, darts in for a moment or two of detail, but does not fully explore the issues he touches upon, nor does he complete his tale. Another author that I am a great admirer of is Penelope Fitzgerald who said she never let her characters decide where they would go in a story, she decided their every move. Now again this may sound obvious, who controls their characters if not the author, but she was speaking of having a plan for her players from opening page to closing paragraph. Mr.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von gmadrid1@mail.geocities.com am 2. Februar 1998
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Ian McEwan creates a real page-turner, with intriguing characters and a climactic scene so tense that I had to put the book down and take a few deep breaths in order to continue reading. The Venice setting is amazingly described and this is a book I strongly recommend for both Thriller and Venice-lovers. Tantalizing, horrifying and compelling book about two naives who've fallen into very perverse company.
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Read Susan Hill's 2008 novella "The Venetian Mask", in which a newly-married couple loses its way in Venice with fatal consequences for the bridegroom. Her book celebrated the mystery of Venice throughout, but was it scary?

Read Ian McEwan's 2nd novel (1981) and shiver! It deals with Mary and Colin on a weeks-long holiday in Venice. They have been a LAT-couple for 7 years, but are here and now inert, silent, unable to plan ahead or their daily lives: forgetting their city map, they lose their way every day. Written in a more languid voice than Susan Hill's, it is far more intrusive. Readers want to get a quick grip on a story, but McEwan does not allow this.

Divorced Mary has 2 children who stay with their dad in a UK commune. She acted in a now defunct woman's collective. Colin tried singing, then acting, no more about him or who paid the holiday, except that he looks cute. In my view, the couple is doomed from page 1. They do not act like normal tourists and fall prey to black-clad Robert, a guide, also owner of a basement gay bar with a jukebox emitting blue light, like an ambulance or police car... It blasts out again and again the same pumping, shrieking, sentimental song whose refrain of "Ha, ha, ha" is sung along loudly by the black-clad cruisers. Shortened by one `ha' for copyright reasons(?), the refrain and song must be the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive", a worldwide disco hit. And another clue about death foretold McEwan planted in his tale.

Read on to see how the trustful couple falls for the charms and fictions of Robert and his handicapped wife Caroline. It ends badly for the male hero (?) Colin, as in Susan Hill's book. Deep book that ends in blood and drama. Brr. On several counts, I rate McEwan's early story higher than Susan Hill's. Both books are rich in ideas and should be read more than once.
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Von Jan Dierckx am 13. Juni 2010
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An English couple (Mary and Colin) spend their holiday in a city that bears some resemblance with Venice, Italy. After a few days they meet an other couple (Robert and Caroline) who are Canadians but live in that town since several years. The name of that town is never mentioned but it's of no importance. Like "Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann - where the town is only the scene for the impossible love of a sick man for a boy - the city of Ian McEwan is the scene for a man and a woman trying to revive their love for each other. But above all it's the story of their troublesome relationship with the Canadian couple, a relationship that soon will change into a nightmare.

During the nighttime, it's a gloomy city with dark and dirty gables, empty streets, no lights in the houses and every bar and restaurant seem to have vanished into thin air. Only one bar is open. The owner of the bar is Robert. It's an obscure place where unsavory men- captivated by the glittering lights of a jukebox- are listening to the music with stern faces. They listen to the same song over and over again while they hold the jukebox as if it were a life-buoy.

The most intriguing character is Robert. One evening, while Mary and Colin are having a drink in his bar, Robert comes in. He's dressed in a black jacket and a white open shirt and the smell of cheap perfume lingers around him. He invites the English couple - who should be perfect strangers to him - for dinner in his house. While Caroline and Mary are in the kitchen, the men have a conversation about the parents of Robert. At a given moment Colin has to smile a little about something and David, without saying anything, punches Colin in the stomach. Then the conversation continues as if nothing happened.
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