Nutshell

Nutshell

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Told from the perspective of Trudy's nine-month-old fetus, Trudy and her lover Claude hatch a devious plan to murder her husband John.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2016
ISBN: 9780345812407
0345812409
Characteristics: 197 pages

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JCLMandaW Sep 09, 2017

I've tried to get into McEwan on multiple occasions, but I have yet to find one of his books that really speaks to me. While I did appreciate the humor and thought this was a unique perspective for a retelling of 'Hamlet', I did not find it all that compelling. An average read at best.

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tfwilliams
Jun 05, 2017

Brilliant take on "Hamlet." Not a bad page.

scissorsnglue May 28, 2017

A magnificent and compelling little read. Narrated by a fetus, so quite an unusual viewpoint.

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FVReader
May 25, 2017

What can I say? Ian McEwan's writing is, as always, wonderful. There are some great passages here.
The protagonist is captive (being a fetus), so there is no action and yet, there's suspense. One wonders if the mother and uncle will follow through with their plans. One even hopes that the fetus can somehow influence the events that may possibly come to be. That's an amazing feat for an author to bring about, I think: suspense without action.
I got pulled into this story of treachery, guilt. loyalty. As the story progressed, I wanted to know more than what the fetus was hearing. We don't get to know the characters well, mainly because we only hear/see what the fetus does and that's a limited scope. That unknown aspect, though, adds to the suspense and interest. What will happen? How will these two go forward? What are they capable of?
The fetus, although a wonderful perspective to hear the story from, is one intelligent kid. He's going to be a handful. His knowledge and awareness is just a smidgen overdone, perhaps. He's just too intelligent for the podcasts and talk radio programs he's gleaned his knowledge from.
However that aside, this is a remarkable piece of writing. A really unique look at a Hamlet-like situation.

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mjk236sb
Apr 15, 2017

This may have been different premise having the story told by an unborn child - but it did not hold my interest and decided after about 20 pages that there were better books to move on to.

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nannerl
Apr 08, 2017

I'm actually not keen on this author, so I don't know what came over me that I checked out this book. Soon enough, I was sorry. I'm sure he thought he was being very clever, but I found it to be silly and irritating, and so didn't finish it.

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njon38
Mar 13, 2017

I'll give him points for originality of point of view but it seems like more of a writing exercise than a novel. BTW I am a fan of his previous work

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emetz918
Mar 08, 2017

Ugh. Really? Author must have been drunk when he conceived and wrote this, Never been a fan of British humor, maybe that's my problem. Gave up after chapter 6. Please don't bother. So many better things to read.

The womb with a front row seat in a modern Hamlet drama. Brilliant concept. I would love to read more stories from the perspective of the foetus. A bit of a let down at the end, did the author run out of inspiration. Still a fun fast read.

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vancouverville
Feb 20, 2017

I enjoyed this book even though I suspected a baby-in-utero would make an odd narrator. But no. I enjoyed his observations and thoughts. He did seem like a stuffy old professor (mentioned in a previous review.) As I am not a fan of Shakespeare, I didn't pick up the parallels to Hamlet. Guess I'll have to give that a read now.

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