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The Innocent (Roman)
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am 5. Oktober 2016
More than in some of his other novels, Ian McEwan plays a capricious God to his characters, giving tragic outcomes to circumstances that are at first made to look innocuous. I was too squeamish to read one crucial part, which was not detrimental to the story. I enjoyed the book, but I could not relate to it. It is the work of a virtuoso, but in the end, trivial.
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am 29. Januar 2014
Wer sich von dem kürzlichen Hype um McEwans neuestem Roman "Honig" ("Sweet Tooth") hat verleiten lassen und Gefallen daran gefunden hat, wird "The Innocent" mit noch größerem Vergnügen lesen. Berliner und Berlin-Besucher könnten in Versuchung geraten, mit dem Buch in der Hand die Orte der Handlung aufzusuchen. Köstlich die unterschwellige Ironie, mit der der Brite McEwan die Amerikaner charakterisiert, und Gänsehaut-Spannung - natürlich nicht ohne die typisch englische Skurillität - gibt es auch.
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am 3. Juni 2013
Berlin in 1955. The Cold War at its coldest. An occupied city in ruins. A young English soldier in the signal corps is assigned a minor role in a CIA/MI6 snooping project doomed from the start. And unwittingly plays a key role in the closure of the project, along the way destroying his first romance in a tragic accidental murder of his fiancé's ex-husband. Gripping narrative, post-war Berlin comes to vivid life, and the roles of ordinary people in extraordinary events make a page turning read you won't be able to put down.
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am 27. Januar 2010
This book is sad and touching, mixing the twisted world of counter espionage with a love story, which of course is an old recipe. McEvan however takes this to another level, placing the characters in grey post-war Berlin, and contrasting innocence and brutality. I like the style of Ian McEvan, and this book did not disappoint me.
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am 9. März 2013
Ian McEwan's Schreibstil ist eigentümlich und extravagant.
Berlin in der Nachkriegszeit aus unterschiedlichen Sichtweisen von Besatzern und Besetzten.
Menschliche Schicksale und Emotionen , wie auch die Stellung der Frau in diesen Zeiten sind eindrucksvoll und spannend erzählt. Wieder ein Mc Ewan , den man mit Interesse und Neugier verschlingt.
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am 21. Mai 2018
This 1990 spy novel situated mainly in 1955, was also published as “The Special Relationship”. It is based on facts as far as the tunnel dug in order to record and listen in on telephone traffic between East Berlin and Moscow, is concerned. The rest is fiction, incl. British telephone technician Leonard (25), his German girlfriend Maria (30), US spy Glass, etc, except perhaps a certain George Blake, who makes a cameo appearance with great impact.

Some have characterised the novel as full of cruelty and tenderness. So be it. Otherwise, it is certainly another awesome description of Berlin (in 1955 and briefly, 1987) by a British author. The town is still in ruins, divided into sectors by the four conquering powers and bristling with spies. The special relationship of Britain and the US is mocked by American co-workers, but Leonard does well work-wise and enjoys the perks of the situation. But security is very tight indeed. A virgin upon arrival, he is seduced by Maria. After some whirlwind, passionate months, and despite an incident when Leonard acts out an urge or fantasy that scares Maria, the pair decide to become engaged. Could she be a spy?

Found Leonard a complex character, a nerd with issues and little empathy, a poor planner with a mind in overdrive when things go wrong. He is also a moral and physical coward. Maria is warm and possessed with the determination and Gründlichkeit to solve complex, awful problems, a talent Leonard misses. Ian McEwan ‘s plot is masterful, leaving readers spellbound until the final page. His descriptive powers are also great: a city still partly in ruins, digging and servicing a tunnel, erotic scenes in cold temperatures, Anglo-American dialogues, etc. But do coded messages leave ‘echo-traces’ of the un-coded original, up to 40 km from the source on the wire? Don’t think so.

The book's gestation and year of publication was most inauspicious: the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, marking the end of the Cold War (?) and of popular interest in spy thrillers. Lionel Davidson's Kolymsky Heights (1994) fared even worse and only began to attract readers from 2013 onwards. Hope that The Innocent will enjoy a second life too. Great book!
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am 15. April 2015
ja, auch ein Geschenk an meine Schwester. Sie hat nur gesagt dass sie Ian McEwan als Schriftsteller mag. Zum Inhalt kann ich leider nichts sagen. Ich kenne die Geschichte leider nicht.
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am 14. August 2016
A gripping and involving tale of the Cold War, that did leave me wondering if all was really quite as it seemed. The main character, Leonard, is a slightly nerdy young man who is sent out to Berlin in the mid 1950s to help construct an elaborate phone-tapping system. To say that he gets out of his depth on a number of counts is an understatement.

I found the story a bit slow to get going as there is a lot of technical description of the surveillance tunnel and tapping system (which did, in fact exist), but I think in retrospect this was all part of the author's intention. The atmosphere of 50s Berlin is very well-evoked and the characters well-observed. I felt that there was much going on below the surface, rather like the tunnel itself.

The story takes a dramatic turn about two-thirds of the way through, and turns from subtle and atmospheric to full-on horror and gore. I'm not a fan of grisly crime stories, but I did find this section strangely compelling - even verging on black humour in parts - and absolutely necessary to the whole story.

One small observation if the publisher is reading this: there are a few mistakes in the German. I'm not by nature a nit-picker, but having lived in Germany for 20 years, I was a little irritated by 'dankhar' for 'dankbar', 'con' for 'von' and 'Rippenchen' for 'Rippchen' - unless this last one is Berliner dialect. I read the Kindle version which I got from amazon.com
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am 20. März 2010
Das Hörbuch (Audiobook) zum Roman "The Innocent" von Ian McEwan ist wirklich fantastisch! Anton Lesser hat eine sehr angenehme Lesestimme. Für LeserInnen, deren Englischkenntnisse evtl. nicht perfekt sind oder schon einige Jahre zurück liegen (wie in meinem Fall), kann ich unbedingt empfehlen, beim Hören der Audio-CD's das engl. Taschenbuch "The Innocent" vor sich liegen zu haben und den Text - zumindest beim ersten Anhören - im Buch mitzuverfolgen. Das Hörbuch ist zwar um einige Passagen gegenüber dem Roman gekürzt, aber das tut dem Hörgenuss keinen Abbruch.

Nun zur Geschichte selbst: "The Innocent" ist ein hervorragender Spionage-Thriller, der im Jahr 1955 mitten im Kalten Krieg in Berlin spielt und durch die eingebaute Liebesgeschichte des britischen Offiziers Leonard Marnham (der in Diensten der Amerikaner steht) zu einer Deutschen einige überraschende Momente bereit hält. Noch überraschender ist allerdings das Finale am Schluss des Buches (bitte Taschentücher bereit halten). Mittendrin wird's ein bisschen blutig - oder sagen wir mal: ganz schön sogar... (bei dem harmlosen Titel hätte ich alles andere vermutet, aber NICHT das!).

Die Figuren in dem Roman, wie Ian McEwan sie für "The Innocent" erschaffen hat, wirken so lebensecht, so nah! Der Autor hat seinen Protagonisten wahres Leben eingehaucht, und beim Lesen glaubt man, sich mitten im Geschehen zu befinden (genau dies habe ich z. B. beim Roman "On Chesil Beach" ein wenig vermisst; dort wirkten die Figuren bis zum Schluss auf mich etwas "leblos" und unreal).

Sicherlich, der Kalte Krieg ist längst vorüber und Berlin zum Glück heute keine geteilte Stadt mehr, aber es ist trotzdem ein Vergnügen und sehr interessant, sich noch einmal beim Lesen bzw. Hören zwanzig Jahre zurückversetzen zu lassen und dem Bau des unterirdischen Spionage-Tunnels von West- nach Ostberlin (Operation "Stopwatch"/"Gold") durch die Briten und Amerikaner beizuwohnen! Dabei ist natürlich die exzellente sprachliche Darstellung des Autors maßgeblich, dass das Ganze so ein erstklassiger Lesegenuss geworden ist!

Fünf Sterne für eines der besten Bücher, das ich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe. Die Geschichte wirkt noch eine ganze Weile nach, nachdem man (frau) sie gelesen hat; das kann ich versprechen!
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am 22. Januar 2003
Until this book, "The Innocent", written in 1989, I had only read more recent works by author Ian McEwan. He has been widely honored both in prizes that he had been nominated for, and in prizes he has won such as The Booker Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award. If you are only familiar with his more recent work you may find yourself puzzled and disappointed as I was with this novel.
The kernel this book is built around is based on true historical events. There was a major intelligence gathering tunnel built to tap Soviet communication lines that was begun around 1953 and was abandoned when discovered by the Soviets in April of 1956. The novel begins as a Cold War spy genre book, adds a love story, and then veers off wildly in a direction worthy of a Quentin Tarantino film. Until the point I mention, I thought the book was a reasonably good read; however when the bizarre turn of events came about I only finished the book as I was close to the end and I was curious how the author would bring the whole novel to a close.
The author wrapped up his tale, again using a piece of history, but he did so in a manner that was as outlandish as the acts spawned by the final decisions of the protagonist, and made this portion of the book funny, even silly.
I have greatly enjoyed other work by Mr. McEwan and I will continue to read his new books and continue my way back through his earlier published tales. From my experience with what I have previously read, this is an anomaly for him, and I would not suggest it as a first venture in to this author's work.
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