Can this famously careful woman be careful enough with his fragile soul to understand the true demands of his welfare? View all 4 comments. Aug 25, Marialyce rated it it was amazing. How truly utterly perfect was this story! The story was of a family court judge, her husband, her "on the rocks" marriage and the young man so tragically ill who came into her life and offered her love and the chance for redemption.
It was a beautiful story and one that sent goosebumps down your spine as the ending approached and try as you might you could not change it. Caught up in the turmoil that parents and religion can oftentimes put children through, the novel captures the true element of How truly utterly perfect was this story!
Caught up in the turmoil that parents and religion can oftentimes put children through, the novel captures the true element of the concept of without a given belief system in place humans struggle with themselves.
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Change or challenge a long held belief and oftentimes one is thrown to the lions without protection. This is the stuff of headlines of medical ethics and its sometimes clash with religious beliefs and customs. Caught in the middle of all this, lies a child's welfare. Hard religious beliefs can and do impact a child in many ways and at times can be life threatening. However, once one opens the gate for disbelief a person might be left rudderless and bereft of what they once believed was the concepts that made them who they were. Sad and tragic yet inspiring, this book was outstanding in its approach and I loved it!
View all 14 comments. One of the Ian McEwan books I've most enjoyed and a book which inspired the most vigorous debate my book group has ever had - a debate which felt like a day in court as all the 'barristers' present argued their cases; one, for the rights of children; another, the rights of parents; a third the letter of the Law; a fourth, the rights of the characters; a fifth, the rights of readers; a sixth the wrongs of the author.
No, scratch that last one off the record, court secretary; the conclusion was th One of the Ian McEwan books I've most enjoyed and a book which inspired the most vigorous debate my book group has ever had - a debate which felt like a day in court as all the 'barristers' present argued their cases; one, for the rights of children; another, the rights of parents; a third the letter of the Law; a fourth, the rights of the characters; a fifth, the rights of readers; a sixth the wrongs of the author.
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No, scratch that last one off the record, court secretary; the conclusion was that the author had more than competently handled the facts of the case although there was disagreement about how he wound them up and some doubt as to how he acquired them in the first place, a piece of evidence having come to light at the last minute to indicate that some of his facts might be inadmissible since they infringed on the privacy of a third party - his wife!
The court adjourned at a late hour. View all 33 comments. Shelves: fiction , strong-female-characters , social-issues , books-on-marriage , british. The Children Act I read this book in two days, which for a slow reader like me is quite an achievement. There's a certain "stream of consciousness" vibe on McEwan's writing, at least on this novel, but I absolutely adore his graceful, elegant prose. However, if the idea of a novel featuring a strong female family court judge in charge of handling complex ethical issues sounds intriguing, this novel might be for yo The Children Act I read this book in two days, which for a slow reader like me is quite an achievement.
However, if the idea of a novel featuring a strong female family court judge in charge of handling complex ethical issues sounds intriguing, this novel might be for you.
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If nothing else, you might enjoy McEwan's exquisite writing, it's also a very short read so probably a good return on your investment. I've been meaning to read The Children Act for a couple of years now, glad I finally got to it.
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View all 12 comments. Jul 17, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. Delicate Situations!!!!!! I've been a long time fan of Ian McEwan --and this small novel with 5 parts --confirms the depth and breadth of Ian's talents! Apr 08, Fabian rated it it was ok. Like, hello!
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We recognize it. Your prose is masterful, damn! McEwan has the uncanny ability to reach that awful and cynical and megableak conclusion that SOME humans are truly nothing; that their humanity is void. The we are less than people, if you are not part of the London upper crust that is. Yes, we get a London Judge "she had a North Londoner's ignorance of and disdain for the boundless shabby tangle of London south of the river. There is a strange effect building up here, when conversations in her journey are abridged as if the reader is a tad dim, like we must get the Cliff's notes to understand--you actually feel looked down upon!
Dialogue is not reported, but summarized. Another case of editing important stuff so that it could be ingested wholly by dumbasses. The protagonist is basically god, the writer more so. Yeah, nothing to see here I guess I deserved to read some shitty book sporadically between so many brilliant ones Jan 17, Betsy Robinson rated it it was amazing. The sixth book in my ongoing Ian McEwan binge and it has only given me a craving for more. Also his masterful storytelling technique.
I found myself reading like a student, noticing his artful pacing and the way he moved between narrative a The sixth book in my ongoing Ian McEwan binge and it has only given me a craving for more. I found myself reading like a student, noticing his artful pacing and the way he moved between narrative and scenes, always driving the plot forward to its wrenching ending. I am in love with his ability to understand and convey what can never be said between the words.
He never oversteps the necessary synapses.
Like the rests in music, they make the story vibrate. Nov 20, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: british-author , read , releases , reviewed , british-novels , literary-novel , relationships , drama , fiction.
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Her fierce intelligence and immersion in her cases rendered the opinion of the Lord Chief Justice himself describing her as "Godly distance, devilish understanding, and still beautiful. In her typical crisp prose, which has been described as almost ironic, almost warm, and in her typical compact terms for which she have received high praise by her colleagues, Fiona resolves this case within a day. However, the aftermath will change everything. A moral dilemma establishes itself often when life itself demands different solutions to the same articles of law.
When to give life and when to take it away, and how to deal with the emotions and consequences after the fact. Where does the decision ends? Relying heavily on the British Children Act of , Fiona delivers her judgement on this case, witholding justment on her own life for the time being. However, life is short, and the consequences of decisions is often final It is the first encounter for me with this author's work and it was a striking one.
Imagine my delight when I realized that this intricate tale, told in eloquent prose, was concluded in only pages! Needless to say that the author's economy with words, the careful selection of detail, and the fast-moving plot, left a feeling of gratitude as well as admiration. The clever way in which the author used music to glue the story together, brought another much deeper dimension to the story. It not only act as a grande finale to emotional turmoil, but also brought insight into a situation that was dotted with emotional warfare and the physical distress of the parties involved.
The final outcome came as a surprise; the emotions it left me with were real and the moral of the story kept me thinking about the characters and the circumstances for many hours afterwards. I was baffled, enchanted, mind-blowned, and sad. However, it was destiny that had the final say and it was good one. So very good. A wonderful, deeply touching story that left me grateful for the experience. There are much deeper elements hidden in this story that can be explored.
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A perfect read! After finishing my review, I hopped over to read friends's reviews of the book. Since reviews often contains spoilers, I prefer to read the book first and then enjoy the thoughts of others afterwards. By reading the book first I have more insight in the reviews. So if you have read the book already, you will be grateful for these recommendations below. Thank you Roger and April. View all 17 comments. Sep 17, Maciek rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , reviewed , releases. As I began to read The Children Act , I thought that it would be the antithesis to McEwan's other novel, On Chesil Beach , where the marriage of a young newlyweds is damaged beyond repaid in a single moment, by what essentially is lack of communication.
In The Children Act the couple is much older and has been married for decades - Fiona is a 59 year old court judge, and is married to Jack, a 60 year old professor of ancient history.
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