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    DescriptionTaut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.


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    Title
    First Love, Last Rites
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian McEwan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099754817
    ISBN 10: 0099754819
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN, SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Illustrations note
    1
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    13 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.
    Review quote
    "A talented and genuine imaginative writer. McEwan's details often grow into strange, powerful images - the ironies, throughout this impressive collection, are tellingly weighted" -- Julian Barnes "A writer of uncanny power" Time "Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... All his stories have a feeling of impending evil - it is a tour de force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner" Times Literary Supplement "His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing" The Times "A brilliant performance" Observer
    Review text
    McEwan is a young Englishman whose first collection of short stories (five have appeared in little magazines) has been compared to Dahl and Collier. There are no elements of fine drawn invention and surprise here - only too literally does he manage to soil his hands. Most of them feature a nameless narrator of perverse preoccupations - like the one who graduates from whiskey, pot and masturbation but bypasses the prospect of Zulu Lulu for "Homemade" first sex with his kid sister. Little girls are never safe in McEwan's world: take the one who is promised a vista of "Butterflies" on a promenade down the path by a canal before she is assaulted and later drowns. There's the infantile retrograde in "Conversations with a Cupboard Man" who is finally sent packing by the mother who kept him that way to find a sanctuary in his attic room womb; there's another fatal accident in "Last Day of Summer"; a problem of "Solid Geometry" - the cleverest of the lot - you may not quite solve; the title story which reduces to the killing of a rat who has been scrabbling behind a wall of books; and finally the drag malice of "Disguises." Provocation of a sort, but is it really justified by such an overwhelming fetor? (Kirkus Reviews)