In Between the Sheets has ratings and reviews. Michelle said: What a disappointment. It’s like McEwan (or his publisher) took all the outtakes. Entre las sábanas. Front Cover. Ian McEwan. Anagrama, – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for Entre las sábanas. Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot, England on June 21, He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Sussex and an M.A. in English.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy an Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable.
A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. And in the course of a weekend with his teenage daughter, a guilt-ridden father discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence.
At once chilling and beguiling, and written in prose of lacerating beauty, In Between the Sheets is a tour de force by one of England’s most acclaimed practitioners of literary unease.
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Aug 27, Michelle rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s like McEwan or his publisher took all the outtakes from the exquisite, Somerset Maugham award-winning First Love, Last Rites and stuck them in their own collection to capitalize on it. There was none of the sick beauty of his other work, which I know, love, and look for. Each of these stories seemed to be afterthoughts, or B-sides, if you will, but bad B-sides.
At least this collection was mercifully short. Aug 30, brian rated it did not like it. View all 9 comments. Probably I prefer these ugly and ‘perverted’ ’70s to the ’70s described by McEwan in ‘Sweet tooth’ I read this short stories collection in translation many years ago and I have almost no memory of that first reading https: Aug 26, Maciek rated it it was ok Shelves: In Between the Sheets is Ian McEwan’s second short story collection, after First Love, Last Rites – both published early in his career, in andand both containing very dark and disturbing literary experiments.
Unfortunately, while First Love, Last Rites is a genuine collection of interesting, experimental stories, In Between the Sheets is more like a collection of outtakes from that volume. Both collections feature stories that are twisted and macabre, but while in First Love the macab In Between the Sheets is Ian McEwan’s second short story collection, after First Love, Last Rites – both published early in his career, in andand both containing very dark and disturbing literary experiments.
Both collections feature stories that are twisted and macabre, but while in First Love the macabre is never out of place and all the gimmicks work, in In Between The Sheets they simply don’t and fail leave much impact. The stories are often surreal – reflections of a Kept Ape is written in overblown and baroque prose by a literal ape, seduced and imprisoned by a woman who has written a bestselling novel, but now suffers from writer’s block; Dead as They come has a man fall in love with a window mannequin.
The opening story, Pornographyfeatures no weird and bizarre elements from other shorts – its set in the London borough of Soho, with all its filth, decay and grime chronicled to a T. In the story two brothers work in a porn shop – one owns it, and the other tries to get customers to actually purchase some magazines and balances a relationship with two mistresses in the meantime – with a predictable ending. This story perhaps best illustrates how the collection has aged – who buys pornographic magazines nowadays, and are there still actual stores which have only this kind of stuff?
Best recommended for completists and fans of the author – though be prepared for something different, as it is a completely different Ian McEwan from theo ne who wrote Atonement or On Chesil Beach.
View all 4 comments. Aug 01, Brendan Monroe rated it did not like it Shelves: This one really should have been left in the laundry basket. I picked this up while visiting Dublin. While spending my vacation browsing its shelves my eyes fell on this collection of short stories. I was surprised tha This one really should have been left in the laundry basket. This was supposed to be a sexy read and that alone made me bypass many of the other no doubt excellent books I brought back from that excellent bookstore to read this one first.
Nothing about this is sexy at all. I’m thinking of the father in the title story and his incestuous feelings for his young daughter and his regularly gross sexual feelings for her similarly young friend.
Nothing here is especially well-written. Am I alone in feeling that way?
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan
View all 3 comments. Apr 19, Caleb Liu rated it liked it. McEwan manages to look at sex in a thoroughly unnerving and disturbing law while maintaining the veneer of normalcy in the stories. Just enfre weird for me. Jul 30, Stephanie Sun rated it really liked it Shelves: It has been described as reptilian, or as a repulsive inorganic stench, or again, as a sharp, womanly odor Certainly it suggests sexual activity of some kind between exotic creatures, perhaps from a distant land, another planet.
This unworldly smell is a matter for poets and I challenge them to face their responsibilities. I recommend going in with low expectations and then keeping ebtre open mind. Every other story ends weakly: Some of the would-be twists will make you roll your eyes. Aug 30, Faith rated it it was amazing. I guess I have a very different view from most people here.
I enjoyed this book because I felt that it was very entde crafted. As absurd as the premises of the stories were, McEwan manages to make them “believable” and yet intriguing through his description. Also, even though it is highly sensual, the stories and scenes were very well written.
Such that it is tasteful and artistic, rather than how most romantic novels are “trashy” with those scenes.
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Feb 11, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: I heard about this on the Books on the Nightstand podcast. Each of these stories pushes some kind of assumption, sex-related. I knew it was early McEwan so I was hoping for something more along the lines of The Comfort of Strangers but these are more focused on the concept sabanaa each story than the relationship between the characters.
Es fresco y divertido. Auf jeden Fall lesenswert. Dec 31, Sam K G rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This a collection of some of the early short stories of the acclaimed British writer Ian McEwan. They show a broad range of literary styles and thematic interests, but McEwan’s characteristic prose style very smoothly flowing sentences and ideas and deep interest in sexuality is on beautiful display. He is a young writer in these stories, and they are missing some of the gravity that comes in his later works.
This is no Atonement. But that szbanas okay, and if you don’t go in expecting something li This a collection of some of the early short stories of the acclaimed British writer Ian McEwan.
But that is okay, and if you don’t go in expecting something life-changing, then it is easy to find reward in these stories. Of course there are flaws.
Some of the stories are a few pages too long, and one, about a post-apocalyptic London, I found felt more like a B-rated made-for-TV Scifi than a modern short story.
Still, for all the youthful mistakes, the literary genius comes through without trouble. Feb 17, Clare added it. Found myself deeply disturbed, and really, I am not easily so. This is either the highest compliment or the highest criticism, depending on what you want to take with you.
In an attempt to be more objective, I’d say this is not McEwan’s finest hour, though a couple of the stories are definitely worth reading. Oct 21, Kristine rated it it was ok.
This is the second book written by Ian McEwan, which includes 7 very disturbing short stories. I was leary of it because of the title and table of contents, but decided to read anyway due to this self-imposed goal to get through all of Ian McEwan’s books. Honestly, I didn’t understand most of the stories. Some of the endings left me completely hanging with no clue about what just happened.
Nov 18, Ryan Williams rated it really liked it. More technically assured than the first collection, and with more bite.
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I never understand people who find McEwan’s early work disgusting, ‘shocking’ etc. I chain-read McEwan’s first three books while lying in Stafford Hospital, and found them infinitely preferable to the ward.
Dec 23, Andrea rated it did not like it Shelves: