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მშობლების გარდაცვალება დაობლებულ და ძმებს „დიდობანას“ თამაშს აწყებინებს ნელ ნელა შეუძლებელი ხდება ამ თამაშიდან თავის დაღწევა როგორ უნდა გაუმკლავდნენ უეცრად თავს დატეხილ „თავისუფლებას“ ბავშვები მაშინ როცა ყვე. Will ever these tales of incest cease Well my true guess is no for they sure do captivate lookin' atchu VC Andrews RIP girl Another case in point this early novel from major Nobel contender I'm certain of this right Ian McEwan The Cement Garden is considered by critics to be Lord of the Flies like in its plot structure and because it contains young protagonists But I must venture to say that it mostly resembles an early version of Bertolucci's Dreamers of course by that I mean its novel predecessor this is similarly an enchanted but truly megagrueling experience After Atonement Cement Garden takes second place in the Maestro of English Prose's impressive though inconsistent repertoire The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journalism these Sniffles and Sneezes (DK Readers L2) tales of incest cease Well my Disaster Preparedness: A Living Free Guide (Living Free Guides) true guess is no for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Persuasion they sure do captivate lookin' atchu VC Andrews RIP girl Another case in point Emergency Rescue (DK Readers L3) this early novel from major Nobel contender I'm certain of Energy Bites this right Ian McEwan The Cement Garden is considered by critics Whiskey Opus to be Lord of A Year on the Farm (DK Readers L1) the Flies like in its plot structure and because it contains young protagonists But I must venture Rain Forest Explorer (DK Readers L3) to say The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism that it mostly resembles an early version of Bertolucci's Dreamers of course by The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hearing Loss that I mean its novel predecessor Afterlight this is similarly an enchanted but The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Goats truly megagrueling experience After Atonement Cement Garden The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elance takes second place in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fondues and Hot Dips the Maestro of English Prose's impressive The No Time to Cook! Book though inconsistent repertoire

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ნია თავს თუ ისეთი თავზარდამცემი და შემაძრწუნებელი ამბავი ჟურნალ გაზეთების პირველ გვერდებს რომ ააჭრელებდა „ცემენტის ბაღი“ თანამედროვე ბრიტანელი კლასიკოსის ბუკერის პრემიის ლაურეატ იენ მაკიუენის პირველი რომანი?. Concrete Civilisations Ian McEwan’s Cement Garden left me with the same disuieting feelings I had after reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies In fact I became aware of their resemblance right from the beginning not in the sense of an imitation of course far from it but in the choice of the theme and the way to develop it Both books argue about the famous nature versus nurture revealing how thin the shell of civilization is how easy social conventions are forgotten when the link with society is broken And the childhood is the most ill euipped period of life to prevent this involution since childhood is no secret garden the authors warn us but a dangerous hunting ground be it an island or a shabby house haunted by invisible monsters born of nightmares transforming a sow’s head eaten by flies in a powerful Lord and a cement filled trunk full of indiscrete cracks in a eerie garden In the absence of the adults to sanction their moves and beliefs children easily regress to primitive beings barely human despite their efforts to imitate adulthood However if Golding analysed mainly the gregarious psychology and the penchant for cruelty versus assertion of individuality and compassion McEwan is interested in the crumble of the family values in all Freudian ways possible – parricide incest sex confusion regression to infancy as results of parental abuse and isolation as it is suggested right from the beginning by the fifteen year old narratorI did not kill my father but I sometimes felt I had helped him on his wayThe story of the four siblings taking care of themselves after their parents’ death is symbolically the story of the world after the apocalypse when none of the old constraints and values is applicable The cement garden gains thus a triple significance it refers either to the monstrous garden built by an obsessive abusive and tasteless father and to the ad hoc grave of a submissive without authority and ignorant mother and to the barren catastrophic childhood of the protagonists left alone to discover that beings are interchangeable and rules are confusing and altogether futile in a world that gained the attributes of a perpetual out of time nightmare'It's funny' Julie said 'I've lost all sense of time It feels like it's always been like this I can't really remember how it used to be when Mum was alive and I can't really imagine anything changing Everything seems still and fixed and it makes me feel that I'm not frightened of anything'I said 'Except for the times I go down into the cellar I feel like I'm asleep Whole weeks go by without me noticing and if you asked me what happened three days ago I wouldn't be able to tell you'In the end however again like in Lord of the Flies the adults come back and the order is restored Or is it For the return to a society that will surely discipline them into the image of their awful parents is no happy ending in the dismally fascinating worlds so different and so alike these two great writers have created A Treasury of Indian Wisdom the same disuieting feelings I had after reading William Golding’s Lord of Poachers in Paradise: The Adventures of the Magic Flying Jharoka the Flies In fact I became aware of How the Kauravas Were Born their resemblance right from Between Lives the beginning not in World Class In India: A Casebook Of Companies In Transformation the sense of an imitation of course far from it but in The Prevalence Of Witches the choice of Making a Mango Whistle the Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries theme and Naked In The Wind the way Get Smart: Maths Concepts to develop it Both books argue about Karl Aaj Aur Kal the famous nature versus nurture revealing how Remote Control: Indian Television in the New Millennium thin Panther's Moon and Other Stories the shell of civilization is how easy social conventions are forgotten when Unprincess! the link with society is broken And The Quickening the childhood is Women and Partition: A Reader the most ill euipped period of life Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man to prevent Tata Log this involution since childhood is no secret garden Partition: The Long Shadow the authors warn us but a dangerous hunting ground be it an island or a shabby house haunted by invisible monsters born of nightmares Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution transforming a sow’s head eaten by flies in a powerful Lord and a cement filled Getting Granny's Glasses trunk full of indiscrete cracks in a eerie garden In Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits the absence of The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight the adults The Soldier's Curse to sanction The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future their moves and beliefs children easily regress Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan to primitive beings barely human despite Ambrosia for Afters their efforts Warrior to imitate adulthood However if Golding analysed mainly Uncles, Aunts and Elephants: A Ruskin Bond Treasury the gregarious psychology and Love in the Tsunami the penchant for cruelty versus assertion of individuality and compassion McEwan is interested in The Nude the crumble of Diary of a Soccer Star the family values in all Freudian ways possible – parricide incest sex confusion regression Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara to infancy as results of parental abuse and isolation as it is suggested right from Mirror City the beginning by Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine the fifteen year old narratorI did not kill my father but I sometimes felt I had helped him on his wayThe story of Moti Mahal Cookbook,The: On The Buttter Chicken Trail the four siblings Wild Child and Other Stories taking care of Another Time, Another Place themselves after Pitch It! their parents’ death is symbolically Hindutva Hate Mail the story of A Life Lived Later: Poems the world after Mango-Coloured Fish the apocalypse when none of Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts the old constraints and values is applicable The cement garden gains Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life thus a Ayodhya Kand Part 1 triple significance it refers either Rites of Passage to Leadership @ Infosys the monstrous garden built by an obsessive abusive and The Emergency: A Personal History tasteless father and Sahir and Jaadu to Amitabh: The Making of a Superstar the ad hoc grave of a submissive without authority and ignorant mother and Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories From Asia's Largest Slum to The Sky of Afghanistan the barren catastrophic childhood of The Night of Kaamini the protagonists left alone Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture to discover Why Loiter?: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets that beings are interchangeable and rules are confusing and altogether futile in a world Ambushed that gained Dateline Islamabad the attributes of a perpetual out of Sorry, Best Friend! time nightmare'It's funny' Julie said 'I've lost all sense of Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre time It feels like it's always been like The Concert this I can't really remember how it used It's a Mom!: What You Should Know About the Early Years of Motherhood to be when Mum was alive and I can't really imagine anything changing Everything seems still and fixed and it makes me feel Satyr of the Subway that I'm not frightened of anything'I said 'Except for The Distorted Mirror: Stories, Travelogues, Sketches the Yuva India: Consumption and Lifestyle Choices of a Young India times I go down into Daughters: A Story of Five Generations the cellar I feel like I'm asleep Whole weeks go by without me noticing and if you asked me what happened Making The Minister Smile three days ago I wouldn't be able Dalit Millionaires 15 Inspiring Stories to The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy tell you'In Finger Pointing to the Moon: Discourses on the Adhyatma Upanishad the end however again like in Lord of Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories the Flies NINE - Curse of the Kalingan the adults come back and Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish the order is restored Or is it For Let's Play: Puffin Book of Sports Storie the return Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer to a society Bihar Is in the Eye of the Beholder that will surely discipline Fade Into Red them into Gifted : Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities the image of A Bottle Of Dew their awful parents is no happy ending in The Ledge Between the Streams the dismally fascinating worlds so different and so alike The Lamp is Lit: Leaves from a Journal these Ferry Crossing: Short Stories From Goa two great writers have created

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ლაფერი უმნიშვნელო მათთვის ჯადოსნური და მისტიკური მართლაც უჩვეულო კი გულუბრყვილო თამაშის ნაწილია რა იმალება გარე სამყაროსგან მოწყვეტილი პირქუში სახლის კედლებს მიღმა ერთი ჩვეულებრივი ისტორია ყველას რომ გადახდე. Will it reflect badly on me if I say this book isn't sordid enough to be entertaining or truly affecting Considering how unsettling and uncomfortable it already isFour siblings ranging from 6 to 17 who have too close for comfort of a relationship if the word incest flashed in you mind you are correct it is not a spoiler the action starts on page 2 witness both their parents die within the weeks of each other When their mother dies they make a decision to bury her in the cellar and to not tell anyone to keep their family intact Left to their own devices these children go through the motions of playing house and you guessed it they don't do it very wellThe Cement Garden gives a predictably disturbing and occasionally icky picture of what can happen to kids isolated from the community and unsupervised by adults As much as I hate reading about incest especially when it is written as some romantic device or for melodramatic effect here it is strangely understandable albeit not less gross However the novel didn't uite work for me I thought there was to say about the family the kids' parents their path to such a taboo closeness The point the author was trying to make with this story evaded me I just didn't uite get it or even if I did the novel failed to affect me as much as Atonement and On Chesil Beach did in the past It happens rather often when I read McEwan though Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong this book isn't sordid enough Horse Show to be entertaining or Ask a Midwife truly affecting Considering how unsettling and uncomfortable it already isFour siblings ranging from 6 100 People Who Made History to 17 who have Orchid Moon too close for comfort of a relationship if The House of Rajani the word incest flashed in you mind you are correct it is not a spoiler The Water's Edge the action starts on page 2 witness both The Road Home their parents die within The Road Home the weeks of each other When The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet their mother dies Everyday Sports Injuries they make a decision The Baby Doctor to bury her in Zafarnama the cellar and Ghalib: The Man, The Times to not All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems tell anyone Bombay Stories to keep कुछ अटके, कुछ भटके their family intact Left Pickpocket to Testemunha Mortal their own devices Conspiracy in Death these children go The Immortal Throne through Just Because I Made Love to You Doesn't Mean I Love You the motions of playing house and you guessed it Arion and the Dolphin they don't do it very wellThe Cement Garden gives a predictably disturbing and occasionally icky picture of what can happen Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto to kids isolated from Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2005 the community and unsupervised by adults As much as I hate reading about incest especially when it is written as some romantic device or for melodramatic effect here it is strangely understandable albeit not less gross However For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata the novel didn't uite work for me I Goa: A Daughter's Story thought The Tea Gardens there was City Improbable: Writings on Delhi to say about Unbound: Indian Women @ Work the family Beyond The Last Blue Mountain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata the kids' parents India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911 their path Vishwamitra to such a On Wings of Butterflies taboo closeness The point ফেলুদা সমগ্র ২ the author was Style Your Perfect Wedding trying Half a Rupee Stories to make with Playing Hardball this story evaded me I just didn't uite get it or even if I did Havens Knight the novel failed Haven's Knight to affect me as much as Atonement and On Chesil Beach did in The Darkest Evening of the Year the past It happens rather often when I read McEwan Flying by Night: Book 1 of the Coven of the Jeweled Dragon though


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  1. says:

    Will ever these tales of incest cease? Well my true guess is no for they sure do captivate lookin' atchu VC Andrews RIP girl Another case in point this early novel from major Nobel contender I'm certain of this right? Ian McEwan The Cement Garden is considered by critics to be Lord of the Flies like in its plot structure and because it contains young protagonists But I must venture to say that it mostly resembles an early version of Bertolucci's Dreamers of course by that I mean its novel predecessor this is similarly an enchanted but truly megagrueling experience After Atonement Cement Garden takes second place in the Maestro of English Prose's impressive though inconsistent repertoire


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    Recipe for a lightweight Cement Cake à la McEwanTake Lord of the Flies and mix it carefully with Flowers in the Attic Once you see that the ingredients have formed a foamy light and creamy texture with the young characters wiped out in generic sweet sour blandness you put the cake in the oven and wait for sixty minutes just enough time to read through the novelOnce the plot has been baked you make sure to add incredibility and incest as additional spices end it in an predictably wannabe hot but actually rather lukewarm decorative sexual shock icing on the cakePut the cement cake on the Bake Off table and be assured it will win prizes for the categoriesIndulging in sinful calory countingWord Baking Fast Food StyleEffectful Surface and TextureEasy on the Digestive SystemMeaningless PleasureSweet with a Bitter AftertasteIt may not win the first prize as it causes slight nausea afterwards and it contains too many nuts and unnecessary ingredients But on the whole it is a light meal for lazy summer days and is particularly tasty with an alcoholic beverage of your preference


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    This was McEwan’s very first novel which earned him the fame and the nickname Ian Macabre It was narrated by a 15 year old boy on his life with his three young siblings in a secluded big house shortly after the death of both parents They grew up in an isolated and dysfunctional family The lack of adult supervision and sexual experiences and the yearning for kinship while desiring individual space led them to explorations and experiments that beyond inexplicable It was haunting and disturbing to say the least Comparing to his later works I’ve read it was simpler straightforward storytelling but similarly atmospheric with eually skilled character craftsmanship I felt his prose was smooth but not uite as dazzling as in his recent books


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    Will it reflect badly on me if I say this book isn't sordid enough to be entertaining or truly affecting? Considering how unsettling and uncomfortable it already is?Four siblings ranging from 6 to 17 who have too close for comfort of a relationship if the word incest flashed in you mind you are correct it is not a spoiler the action starts on page 2 witness both their parents die within the weeks of each other When their mother dies they make a decision to bury her in the cellar and to not tell anyone to keep their family intact Left to their own devices these children go through the motions of playing house and you guessed it they don't do it very wellThe Cement Garden gives a predictably disturbing and occasionally icky picture of what can happen to kids isolated from the community and unsupervised by adults As much as I hate reading about incest especially when it is written as some romantic device or for melodramatic effect here it is strangely understandable albeit not less gross However the novel didn't uite work for me I thought there was to say about the family the kids' parents their path to such a taboo closeness The point the author was trying to make with this story evaded me I just didn't uite get it or even if I did the novel failed to affect me as much as Atonement and On Chesil Beach did in the past It happens rather often when I read McEwan though


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    The Cement Garden Ian McEwanThe Cement Garden is a 1978 novel by Ian McEwan In The Cement Garden the father of four children dies Soon after the children's mother dies as well In order to avoid being taken into foster care the children hide their mother's death from the outside world by encasing her corpse in cement in the cellar The children then attempt to live on their own The narrator is Jack 14 at the start of the book becoming 15 later and his siblings are Julie 17 Sue 13 and Tom 6 Jack describes how when they were younger he and Julie would play doctor with their younger sister although he is aware that their version of the game occasionally broke boundaries Jack then mentions how he longs to do the same to his older sister but it is not allowed Sexual tension between Jack and Julie becomes increasingly obvious as they take over the roles of mother and father in the house which is gradually deteriorating into sualor When Julie begins to date a young man called Derek aged 23 and invites him to their house Jack feels jealous and shows hostility towards him Derek gets a hint that something is hidden in their cellar and becomes and interested while the children attempt to hide it from him When a smell begins to emanate from the cellar the children tell him their dead dog Cosmo is encased in the cement Derek then helps to re seal the cement casing their mother is hidden in Eventually Tom tells Jack that Derek has told him he believes their mother is in the cellar The story comes to a climax when Jack enters apparently absent mindedly naked into Julie's bedroom Julie is not there; only Tom is present Jack climbs into Tom's cot and begins to talk to him about their parents Julie enters and seemingly unsurprised by Jack's nakedness jokes that 'it is big' Jack and Julie sit on the bed while Tom sleeps and Julie takes off her clothes While talking Jack and Julie become and intimate with each other Right at this point Derek enters He remarks that he has seen it all and calls them sick When he leaves Jack and Julie begin to have sex A thudding noise can be heard below and their sister Sue comes and informs them that Derek is smashing up the concrete coffin The three begin to talk remembering their mother After a while police lights illuminate the room through the bedroom windowتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پنجم ماه نوامبر سال 2014 میلادیعنوان باغ سیمانی؛ نویسنده ایان مک اوان؛ مترجم وحید روزبهانی؛ تهران، آموت، 1392؛ در 160ص؛ شابک 9786006605111؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 20مپدر و سرپرست یک خانواده فقیر انگلیسی، که بیماری و عقده‌ های روانی بسیاری دارد؛ تصمیم می‌گیرد در محوطه ی خانه‌ ی خویش، یک باغ سیمانی ایجاد کند، که با مخالفت خانواده روبرو می‌شود؛ راوی، پسر نوجوان، و تازه‌ بالغی به نام «جک» است، که همراه با پدر و مادر، خواهر بزرگ‌ترش «جولی»، و خواهر و برادر کوچک‌ترش «سو» و «تام»، زندگی می‌کند؛ خانه‌ ی آنها که بزرگ و قدیمی و به شکل یک قلعه است، در خیابانی است که بیشتر خانه‌ هایش، داخل طرح افتاده‌ و تخریب شده‌ اند، و البته طرح هم رها شده، و خیابان تقریباً متروکه است؛ آنها هیچ فامیل، دوست، و آشنایی هم ندارند، که رفت‌ و آمدی داشته باشند؛ انگار که در یک جزیره باشند؛ «پدرم رو نکشتم، اما بعضی وقت‌ها احساس می‌کردم یک‌جورهایی باعث مرگش شده بودم؛ ولی به دلیل هم‌زمانیش با تغییر جسمی عظیمی که در من رخ می‌داد، و اتفاقات پس از آن، مرگش بی‌اهمیت به نظر می‌رسید؛»؛کتابی مبهوت کننده، هراس‌انگیز، سرشار از تصاویری که مو به تن راست می‌کنند؛ دستاوردی که نتیجه استفاده درست «مک ایوان» از رئالیسم جادویی است، و همین امر باعث شده یک سر و گردن از رمان‌های سوررئال بالاتر باشد؛ «باغ سیمانی» زندگی نوجوانی را به تصویر می‌کشد که تشنه‌ ی بزرگسال شدن است؛ رمانی اسرارآمیز که در آن رویدادهای روزمره، گرچه سرشار از راز و رمز و رخدادهای ناباورانه است، اما عادی جلوه داده می‌شوندرمان با مرگ پدر خانواده آغاز می‌شود و «مک ایوان» رویدادهای روزمره و عادی زندگی را، به گونه‌ ای دلهره‌ آمیز و ترسناک، روایت می‌کنند؛ طوری که منتقدان ایشان را تا مدت‌ها نویسنده‌ ای در ژانر دلهره معرفی می‌کردند، زیرا آثار خوبی در این ژانر از ایشان بر جای مانده است؛ حتی برخی او را «ایوان‌ دلهره» نامیده‌ اند؛ «ایوان مک اوان» در این رمان از روایتی خطی بهره می‌گیرد و مانند اغلب داستان‌هایش، ماجراها را با زبانی ساده توصیف می‌کند؛ «مک‌ ایوان» متولد سال 1948میلادی در انگلستان است؛ او در رشته ادبیات انگلیسی تحصیل کرد؛ «مک ایوان» جوایز ادبی بسیاری همچون جایزه ی «سامرست موام»، جایزه شکسپیر آلمان، جایزه «بوکر» برای رمان «آمستردام» و یکی از قدیمی‌ترین و باارزش‌ترین جوایز ادبی انگلستان را با نام «جیمز تیت بلاک» را به دست آورده است؛ تا کنون از «مک‌ ایوان» رمان‌های «سگ‌های سیاه» با ترجمه جناب «امیرحسین مهدی‌زاده» و «خیالباف» و «آمستردام» با ترجمه جناب «میلاد ذکریا» و همچنین «خیال‌پرداز» با ترجمه‌ سرکار خانم «منیژه اسلامی» در ایران منتشر شده استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 09051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


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    Comrades are you in dire need of palliative care due to pathological levels of happiness? Then I’m going to strongly recommend you add this to your misery tonic Have you ever after witnessing several of your friend demure when asked to snort a line of Smarties candies grew irritated by the whole spectacle and yelled “For fucks sake Give ‘em here” Decimated all the dextrose and colorful additives with one vicious snuffle lurched away from the table with concerted nonchalance then entered the bathroom and collapsed into the sink screaming “Why is everything I know and love combustible?” Well I must say you’ve gotta buck up Nancy There are people who wear mittens full of pissed off Bullet Ants that make far less of a sceneAnyway I wasn’t dangerously happy to begin with so this was an unnecessary treatment in my case But as my prior recklessness in placing Halloween candy in the crosshairs of a determined nostril may indicate I am nothing if not implacable in my will to toil endlessly in activities governed by capricious Jungian forces that often conspire against my well beingWhat’s the book about? Well let me give you some clues by way of a conversation I had with my dad after finishing itDad What’cha been readin’?Me I just finished this book about death alienation regression projection tribal dominance hierarchies and titillating cartwheels with bare tendrils of pubic hair which foretell acts of incestDad Huh Cartwhee Well How was it?Me Very depressingDad I’d say Why do people read things like that?Me Adopting a posh accent You see the flower of the human condition cannot properly unfurl without the intermittent deluge of tragedy There are comparatively few ways to be happy when measured against that infinite profusion of miseries both great and small which seek constantly to burst from the clouds and inundate our livesDad SighMe To vicariously take in these horrible experiences is to reaffirm our commitment to life by reminding ourselves that things are tenuous That the ephemera of our present contentment can be blown away in —Dad JenMe In an instant It’s a message An exercise in extreme perspective taking which seeks to violently shake us from our trivial preoccupations and —Dad JenniferMe What father? Everything I’ve said has been uite logical and perfectly anodyneDad What’s wrong with you?Me Methylation patterns in my genomeDad I’ve gotta goMe Wait I’m sorryCombat the many ills of pernicious elation with this book


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    Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden is uite clearly not for everyone There are several severely disturbing incidents throughout the book that might make some readers wonder why they bought it and where is the nearest bookstore to return it? There are other groups both of a religiousfascist nature the two are not always mutually exclusive that might have it pencilled in on their things to burn list In the hands of a lesser writer much of this book would seem vulgar However in McEwan's capable hands the book is instead disturbingly beautiful The book is very short and to say almost anything about it is to give almost everything away so you will find no excerpts or plot points in this review Suffice to say that The Cement Garden is a brilliant gripping read that feels like it's over before it began


  8. says:

    This book is fucked up sick and creepyI loved it I love McEwan's style He doesn't clutter his writing with unnecessary words yet he says so much His writing is sharp and clean He is so good at invoking a specific mood at the very beginning of a novel and then continuing to give the reader that same feeling throughout Then just when you're sufficiently creeped out or unnerved or whatever it is you've been feeling it gets even intense The book is a first person narrative told by the eldest son of a family of four children Two boys and two girls It describes what the children do with themselves when both of their parents die relatively close to one another The kids are already insular and strange and we see how they deal with caring for themselves and their surroundings We also see how their roles and interactions with each other change after the second parent dies I don't want to give anything away but I want to say that I like it when a book unnerves me and this did the job


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    Concrete Civilisations Ian McEwan’s Cement Garden left me with the same disuieting feelings I had after reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies In fact I became aware of their resemblance right from the beginning not in the sense of an imitation of course far from it but in the choice of the theme and the way to develop it Both books argue about the famous nature versus nurture revealing how thin the shell of civilization is how easy social conventions are forgotten when the link with society is broken And the childhood is the most ill euipped period of life to prevent this involution since childhood is no secret garden the authors warn us but a dangerous hunting ground be it an island or a shabby house haunted by invisible monsters born of nightmares transforming a sow’s head eaten by flies in a powerful Lord and a cement filled trunk full of indiscrete cracks in a eerie garden In the absence of the adults to sanction their moves and beliefs children easily regress to primitive beings barely human despite their efforts to imitate adulthood However if Golding analysed mainly the gregarious psychology and the penchant for cruelty versus assertion of individuality and compassion McEwan is interested in the crumble of the family values in all Freudian ways possible – parricide incest sex confusion regression to infancy as results of parental abuse and isolation as it is suggested right from the beginning by the fifteen year old narratorI did not kill my father but I sometimes felt I had helped him on his wayThe story of the four siblings taking care of themselves after their parents’ death is symbolically the story of the world after the apocalypse when none of the old constraints and values is applicable The cement garden gains thus a triple significance it refers either to the monstrous garden built by an obsessive abusive and tasteless father and to the ad hoc grave of a submissive without authority and ignorant mother and to the barren catastrophic childhood of the protagonists left alone to discover that beings are interchangeable and rules are confusing and altogether futile in a world that gained the attributes of a perpetual out of time nightmare'It's funny' Julie said 'I've lost all sense of time It feels like it's always been like this I can't really remember how it used to be when Mum was alive and I can't really imagine anything changing Everything seems still and fixed and it makes me feel that I'm not frightened of anything'I said 'Except for the times I go down into the cellar I feel like I'm asleep Whole weeks go by without me noticing and if you asked me what happened three days ago I wouldn't be able to tell you'In the end however again like in Lord of the Flies the adults come back and the order is restored Or is it? For the return to a society that will surely discipline them into the image of their awful parents is no happy ending in the dismally fascinating worlds so different and so alike these two great writers have created


  10. says:

    McEwan's first novel published when he was only 30 It was preceded by an even shocking collection of short stories First Love Last Rights A profoundly disturbing but very well written book Had I realised the true nature of it I doubt I would have read it and somehow the fact it is told in such an unjudgemental way almost makes it worseI did not kill my father but I sometimes think I helped him on his way is the opening sentence It is set in a hot summer in late '70s England Four children live a rather isolated life in a very insular and not entirely happy family Their father dies and not long after so does their mother this much is mentioned in the blurb leaving them to fend for themselves and each other Tom is 5 or 6 Sue 12 Jack the narrator turns 15 and Julie about 16 or 17 Bereaved fearful lonely unprepared bored school holidays directionless coupled with puberty and sibling suabbles Each tries different coping strategies none of which really work shy Julie previously with a reputation for disruptive intimidating uietness takes charge Sue reads and also writes a diary Tom regresses a cot delivers an enveloping pleasure in being tenderly imprisoned and Jack retreats and masturbates But those behaviours are trivial in comparison to other actionsThey lose sense of time self and not just right and wrong but what the rest of the world would judge as right and wrong Nor could I think whether what we had done was an ordinary thing to do understandable even if it had been a mistake or something so strange that if it was ever found out it would be the headline of every newspaper in the country every thought I had dissolved into nothingI found the story gripping and oddly credible and yet I was appalled by it too a little like Lolita