Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Review: The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan


The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
Rating: 3/5

I feel a little conflicted about this novel. You see, the writing was pretty good, so it wasn't a hard read or anything, but the thing that bothered me is that I kept waiting for something, ANYTHING, to happen in this novel. I feel like in the end, this rather short story was a big tease.

Colin and Maria are a couple on vacation (I was never sure where exactly, Spain, Portugal, some island???), they spend their days doing, well, nothing (which is fine, they are on vacation, remember). Then one day they meet a sort of eccentric stranger who invites them to his home.

The story does a good job of building you up, just waiting for something terrible to happen, but I found this "incident" rather mundane (perhaps that says something about me), and then the "incident" was so vaguely describe, I wasn't exactly sure what happened and the real reason/motivates.

But I will say it's a quick read (perhaps completed in one long sitting) and the writing was pretty good. But the story.... zzzz

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