Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

Sweet-Tooth-by-Ian-McEwanSweet, nostalgic, lovely.  That’s all I really have to say.  Read it, love it.  There is a fun, well, I can’t even allude to it without giving it away, so I won’t.  It’s a mystery, and I will leave it so.  My favorite part of the whole book:

It took me by surprise, this walk across an ancient past.  Four or five years — nothing at all.  But no one over thirty could understand this peculiarly weighted and condensed time, from late teens to early twenties, a stretch of life that needed a name, from school leaver to salaried professional, with a university and affairs and death and choices in between.  I had forgotten how recent my childhood was, how long and inescapable it once seemed.  How grown-up and and unchanged I was.

Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan, p. 216.

So true, so beautiful, such a profound and familiar reminiscence.  McEwan is the king of those.  Please read, and let’s discuss.

One thought on “Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

  1. I really, really liked Sweet Tooth. Just short of loving it actually. And I agree that it’s a little hard to talk about without giving too much away. Mystery with a tied in love story. I usually handed it to someone and said just read.

    Several of my friends, who I thought would like it like me, had very mixed reviews. None completely negative but two just liking it okay. They both said they picked it up, put it down while I pretty much plowed straight through. I wonder if that made a difference. Also, they thought it a bit slow at times, which it was for me too (McEwan’s books do drag from time to time, except one). I skim on occasion and I remember doing so particularly in the beginning portions but soon enough I became thoroughly enthralled with the storyline and the characters.

    And I know the character development got dogged by quite a few people (people I know). I saw it too, in a way, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying them any less. There was a lot of familiarity for me in the female character (I was once a college math major who longed to express her creativity and there were other things too). I felt the same about the main male character who reminded me of someone I know. I love when that happens. I connect. And I didn’t want this book to end. That’s a good sign! I also remember some movie casting decisions already but they escape me at the moment (I’m sure I won’t approve).

    I’ve read more than a few McKwan books. My hands down favorite is On Chesil Beach. I don’t anticipate that ever changing. And I have a copy of Amsterdam sitting right here that I haven’t yet opened. I need to get on that.

    As far as the passage you quoted, it captured the essence of that time. There aren’t many, if any, times I’d travel back to but that period of growth, freshness, excitement and exploration would be the one I’d pick.

    Like your tag “what i would rather be doing”. I would too but who wouldn’t?

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