Monday, March 27, 2006

Black Dogs

Ian McEwan's short novel is an interesting excercise in point of view. It is the story of an estranged couple seen through the eyes of their son-in-law. It's a unique approach that gives the story some distance, but I wonder if it is too distant. I don't think this is his best novel, but he does what he does best as a novelist, which is make us think about the darker side of humanity.

Another thought: Black Dogs is very much a Twentieth Century novel, so in some ways it is outdated; but in others the themes ring very true in relation to the issues of today.

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