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Short novel by a gifted writer,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cement Garden (Vintage International) (Taschenbuch)
I read this little novel after seeing the movie of the same name. The movie was excellent (see my review at IMDb), and this first novel is also very good. The main difference is in the book the brother-sister incest is only part of a larger close family bonding. The youngest son's dressing up as a girl was down played somewhat in the movie; the house was cleaner in the movie, and the sensuality between brother and older sister was (of course) highlighted in the movie. The movie left out the fact that the sister's sometime boyfriend was a professional snooker player. Otherwise the movie was true fairly to the novel. Oh, in the book it's clear at the end that the cops are outside the door, and the boyfriend has dug up the dead mother. In the movie, I'm not sure that was revealed. John Irving wrote a glowing blurb for the cover. McEwan's first person narrative by the fifteen-year-old boy is full of sharp observations and self-revelation, some of it inadvertent, as is the case in the best first person narratives. A good novel, but a little slight, like a long drawn out short story, which isn't surprising since McEwan made his reputation as a short story writer before this novel came out.