Thursday, February 16, 2017
Nutshell: a novel / Ian McEwan, 197 pp.
The twist is that the story is narrated not by Trudy and John's adult son Hamlet but by their unnamed fetus. As I read Nutshell, I kept thinking that I should have been annoyed by this novel-as-conceit, but in fact I loved it. McEwan is confident and skilled, but he also keeps in mind the fact that he's writing for an audience. He strikes a bargain with his readers: he'll write the novel he wants to write, but he promises to keep his readers engrossed, amused, surprised, and entertained.