Black Dogs

Black Dogs

Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of a marriage, as witnessed by an outsider. Jeremy is the son-in-law of Bernard and June Tremaine, whose union and estrangement began almost simultaneously. Seeking to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences Bernard and June cannot reconcile, Jeremy undertakes writing June's memoirs, only to be led back again and again to one terrifying encouner forty years earlier--a moment that, for June, was as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy's own time. In a finely crafted, compelling examination of evil and grace, Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civiliation's darkest moods--its black dogs--with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.

Title:Black Dogs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385494328
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    Black Dogs Reviews

  • Lisa

    I have read many Ian McEwans, and I am always divided whether I like them or not. There is a witty analysis of contemporary life that appeals to me, put into occasionally brilliant prose. There are ch...

  • Cecily

    Very disappointing, and yet not a dreadful book either (I've read five other McEwan's, all 4* or 5*).Remembering The narrator is preparing the memoirs of his dying mother-in-law. He particularly wants...

  • Adam

    I don't understand how anyone could dislike this. It's basically a novel about ideologies and philosophies and how they apply to human beings, not about them in general, and McEwan's prose is so preci...

  • Tim

    I do not recommend this novel. It is trite, long and boring! 0 of 10 stars....

  • Edward

    Black Dogs was not as bad as I had expected, based on the reviews, but it does have a lot of problems. The novel tackles diverse themes, which intersect in interesting ways, though they arise in ad ho...

  • WILLIAM2

    My favorite Ian McEwan novel. It reads like memoir, has that kind of immediacy. Merits multiple re-readings. ...

  • Elizabeth

    I want to love Ian McEwan based on Zadie Smith’s (hilarious) interview with him in the Believer book of Writers on Writing. Maybe Black Dogs wasn’t the place to start. It was interesting to see hi...

  • AC

    I quite liked this -- like it much more, in fact, than the reviews of my GR friends led me to expect I would. It is richly packed with ideas and character into what is almost only a novella in length,...

  • Will Ansbacher

    A beautifully written novella but hollow in the centre, and leaving me dissatisfied at the end. It essentially revolves around a biography that the “author” Jeremy wants to write about his in-laws...

  • Miriam Cihodariu

    I read this book in its entirety, breathlessly, while on a 10 hour flight to US, the first I ever took. From the preface I couldn't bear to put it down.This beginning of the book (the preface) is so c...