Nutshell by Ian McEwan

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Read Nutshell Online Free - Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month old resident of Trudy's womb.

Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.

Title : Nutshell
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ISBN : 0385542070
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 197 pages


Warwick rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2016

The start of this book feels like McEwan in elder statesman mode, sitting down at his laptop, rolling up his sleeves and saying, ‘Right, out the way, fuckwads, let me show you how it's done.’ It's so conspicuously brilliant, so controlled and aware and unusual, that although the rest of the book...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2016

WOW...... Isn't that what everyone says to themselves when they read this? It's so original, that I'm almost surprised it has not been written until now. There is beautiful prose --- and then there is BEAUTIFUL PROSE!!!! I'm a little flabbergasted. I've been an Ian McEwan fan from way back...but t...

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

OMG OMG OMG! This book really did knock my socks off. In fact, it goes on my all-time favorites list. Who could resist this bizarro opening line? So here I am, upside down in a woman. Arms patiently crossed, waiting, waiting and wondering who I’m in, what I’m in for. Okay, so there are some very go...

Adina rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2016

Update 2: I found another interview with the author in a podcast. I had no idea McEwan is so funny. People at work were probably wondering why I was giggling while listening to this. Recommended!(it starts at minute 26 after the interview with Margaret Atwood).

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

August 09, 2016

A book that is narrated by an eight month old fetus. He describes what he see and hears, from his father and his love of poetry to the nefarious plans of his mother and his uncle, his father's own brother. So why did I have such a disconnect with this book? The writing is wonderful, amazing in pl...

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. A nine-month-old baby boy resides in the womb of Trudy. Unaware that her baby is listening and is witness to all she does, Trudy concocts a sinister scheme with a mysterious cohort, a deceitful plan of betray...

Trin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 09, 2016

A modern retelling of Hamlet, narrated by the infant prince from inside his mother's womb. It is every bit as insufferable as that sounds. Ian McEwan is one of those writers who, having been crowned an author of literature, thinks he can write any piece of cracked-out nonsense and know it will be...

Roger rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2017

Hamlet in Utero Oh God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams. I could check online, I suppose, but I suspect there is a story here. Is it a coincidence that, within months of the launch of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in wh...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2017

We know the plot (although not the outcome) from the blurbs and the first chapter. A pregnant woman is having an affair with her husband’s brother. He’s a dreamy type – a poet by trade, if we can consider that a trade, but he has inherited his family house in London worth millions. They plot how...

Dem rated it ★★★☆☆

September 25, 2016

A unique read but a tad too gimmicky for me. Nut Shell by Ian McEwan is a story told from the perspective of a foetus. It's a tale of murder and deceit and is clever is its concept and prose. Trudy has betrayed her husband John. She lives in the marital home which is a priceless London townhouse....

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