Nutshell by Ian McEwan



I’ve never read any of Ian McEwan’s work before, but it seems like I started on a good one, because almost everyone is saying this is his best yet!

This has such an intriguing and unique plot, it would be hard to pass it up if you saw it in store. Are there actually any other novels out there told from the PoV of a foetus?

Considering no one actually knows what it’s like to be a foetus, that is to say, we’ve all been one, but we don’t remember back that far, I feel like McEwan really got what it’s like to be in the womb through the third trimester. I wasn’t sure how anyone could write as an unborn child but it was done so well in this! The child was a very likeable character, he was witty, intelligent and interesting – certainly not things I would think to associate with a foetus.

The overall plot was certainly different and intriguing, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t expect this unborn child to be able to solve a murder or stop a crime etc, but I did think it was going to be more of a thriller mystery than it was. That’s not to the say that the plot made the story any less fun to read, I just had to alter my mindset into accepting this as a different sort of book.

Unfortunately for me, this didn’t move me as much as it has done other readers because this is a Hamlet retelling, but I’ve never read Hamlet. (I have pretty much no time for the “classics”, they tend to just bore me, there’s no way around that, I’m just not that kind of girl). So maybe some of the beauty of this was a bit lost on me?

Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read. A solid piece of fiction that has and will appeal to thousands.

Buy it here!

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