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Death of a book club

15th August, 2015
Ian McEwan: his book On Chesil Beach was a dreary read

As the merits of different teachers continued to dominate the conversation, I accepted the inevitable: Let The Great World Spin would be reduced to a hasty, end-of-evening discussion and rating where the most it could hope for was a high score out of ten. The New York Times reviewer Jonathan Mahler had ranked the book we were leaving neglected on the kitchen table as “one of the most electric, profound novels I have read in...

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