Monday, March 15 2010
Michael Beard is a glaringly repellent creation, a somewhat-deserving winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and a definitively deserving winner of some sort of uber-Nobel Prize in whoring, lying, stealing, face-stuffing, and sneaking around.
Tuesday, September 8 2009
Wednesday, February 13 2008
A director can translate a writer’s words to the screen beautifully, but he can never alter their power on the page. The book and film versions of Atonement prove this all too well.
Friday, December 7 2007
The lingering deaths of soldiers and the lost causes they embody serve as tragic backdrops to the less compelling plot points embodied by Briony and her characters.
Monday, May 28 2007
The precise nature of McEwan's writing fortunately doesn't leave him scrabbling about looking for gentle euphemisms when it comes to talking about the naughty bits.
Tuesday, March 22 2005
While the final effect is like a pointillist painting that adds up to something amazing, waiting for McEwan to connect the dots becomes a little tiring.