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Nutshell
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse but not with John. 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 worlds master storytellers.
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TheEllieMo
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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The tagged book is a modern take on Hamlet from the perspective of a #BabyBabe in the womb. A little odd but a good read.

#AugustABC @Eggs

Eggs Sounds intriguing!! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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It‘s certainly #unusual for a story to be told from the perspective of an unborn child. I‘ve enjoyed reading it. 👍

#augustabc

Eggs I‘m definitely intrigued! Good call! 3mo
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TheEllieMo
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Hamlet, written from the perspective of a baby in the womb. A foetus with a discerning taste in wine. What‘s not to like?

#Babies #AyUpAugust

@squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

squirrelbrain Sounds rather odd! 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
TheEllieMo @squirrelbrain odd but good. The unborn baby narrator is hilarious! 4mo
LapReader I loved the babe‘s wine descriptions. 4mo
squirrelbrain Stacked it then... 😁 4mo
Cinfhen GREAT CHOICE 🙌🏻 4mo
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Ubookquitous
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

McEwan‘s prose is as beautiful as ever, and I had trouble sustaining a willing disbelief of his narrator‘s situation. There were brilliant moments and deft plays on Hamlet (and other Shakespeare plays) and some insight into issues of modern man, but the story was unoriginal in any way and left me wondering why I bothered. Going backwards on posting finished books no.50

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Freespirit
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

Just finished listening to this retelling of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet by Ian McEwan and I thought it was really clever. The story is told by a very well spoken child in utero!!
I thought it was funny and I loved the descriptive writing. I would now like to read another Shakespearean retelling ❤️ #retelling #hamlet #literature

LapReader Margaret Atwood did one that was supposed to be good. 4mo
Freespirit I have it in my huge mountain of books to be read Allissa @LapReader Hag Seed. I might have to read it next🌷 4mo
Aimeesue Hag-Seed is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern retellings, and probably the best. Vinegar Girl is also good. Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres is a retelling of King Lear. My favorite is Stoppard's Rosencrantz andGuildenstern are Dead, but that's a play and best watched; it's what the minor characters are talking about/doing when the major characters are "on stage." (edited) 4mo
Aimeesue I kinda have a thing for retellings. 😁 4mo
Freespirit Thank you @Aimeesue 😘I will be on the lookout for some of those books. This was my first retelling and I liked it a lot! 4mo
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Astroneman
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Pickpick

A surprising novel, a unique thriller of its kind told by the new Hamlet that a murderous mother carries in her lap. A standing ovation novel.

#book #readingchallenge2019 #litsy #toread #bookly #bookworm #ianmcewan #goodreads #nutshell #thriller

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Cosmos_Moon
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

“The rest is chaos.” Interesting perspective of a mother-son relationship, while in-utero. Overall good read with artful use of language. Now I‘m sitting in the car with my boys, listening to Fiona Apple‘s “The Child is Gone”.

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JennyM
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Quite literally, #WeveOnlyJustBegun, this story is told from the perspective of an unborn child. A retelling of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet, it is one quirky read!

#MayMovieMagic

erzascarletbookgasm Definitely unconventional but I liked it! 7mo
Cinfhen Really liked this one! McEwan is pretty much a genius 7mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen it was so different - clever idea 💡 7mo
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Buechersuechtling @JennyM Do I need to know Hamlet before I read it❓ 7mo
JennyM @Buechersuechtling no, definitely not..unless you want to 😜 7mo
rohit-sawant Great pick! 7mo
JennyM @rohit-sawant I love these challenges- makes you think about some of your past reads 😊 7mo
BooknerdsLife Oh that‘s a clever pick! 🙌🏼 7mo
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rachaich
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

I'm undecided.
Very clever, full of wit and obviously a completely different perspective of the world and relationships.
But didn't appeal to me.
I've read a few others and adored them so this won't put me off!

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rachaich
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Book club for March.
So far I'm appreciating the concept but finding it's not gripping me.

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Fed
Nel guscio | Ian McEwan
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Astroneman È tra i libri della mia Tbr! 10mo
Fed Non a livelli di Espiazione secondo me, ma comunque un‘ottima lettura :) 10mo
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ephemeralwaltz
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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In this Hamlet-inspired novel, McEwan takes on the task of writing from the perspective of a fetus, who narrates everything he hears from inside the womb... #TBR
#Pregnant #SeptemberDanes @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen

Kalalalatja Great pick! 👏👏 1y
Cathythoughts Great pic & great picture 💛 1y
JennyM Ooo, great pick. This is on my TBR as well 1y
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Tashreads I just finished it. Love Ian McEwan. It was good, but not my favourite of his :) my ❤️ belongs to Atonement. 1y
TrishB About to do this one! Great minds 👍🏻 (edited) 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this one. The baby was so very Stewie 😂 1y
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ericas
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

Between a thriller and a horror story. A murder seen through the ears of a not-yet-born baby. The pregnant mother plans to kill his father with the help of her lover who is also his uncle. The castle in Denmark is substituted by a Georgian building. The shadow of the Shakespearean Hamlet develops himself through the crime and the main character's stream of dubitative consciousness. Mainly well written, the end could have been better exploited.

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MaGoose
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Bailedbailed

Couldn't get past the first few minutes of this audiobook with the unborn son (I guess) talking/thinking while he's still inside his mother. Uh, yeah.

RaimeyGallant Too bad. 1y
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suvata
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Yay! I did it. #12inTwo
Total: 12 hours 39 minuets

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suvata
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

John Cairncross is unhappy. His wife is cheating on him. She has kicked him out of their home. She has plans ... devious plans ... deadly plans — all of it observed and narrated by her fetus. Yep. You heard me right! An amazingly brilliant mystery.

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LaurenReads
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

That was a very different book - POV the fetus. An interesting take on Hamlet. It was weird, but I liked it. I‘m oddly a little jealous of the baby‘s knowledge of wine and his extensive vocabulary. That mother, uncle, father though...ugh!

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rmaclean4
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

Book two of #24in48 completed. What a strange novel this was for me. I read it for a book club. I don't think I would have chosen it on my own. Only book I have ever read from a fetuses point of view! Written well enough to finish it...but not one I would recommend.

Readerann Hmmm. McEwan has been hit or miss for me (mostly hit). I‘m not sure if I want to spend time with this one, though. 🤔 1y
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rmaclean4
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Morning...getting started on my first read of #24in48! We are having thunderstorms...my favorite reading weather.

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KadeLexical
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
Pickpick

Can a fetus be pompous? Yes. And he is here, but damn, this is a neat premise and despite the slow start I was rooting for this little unborn savant. His vocabulary is excellent, keep your dictionary (or dictionary app) close with this one.

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AngelicaLuvsBooks
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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I've been feeling like I need a break from Sing, Unburied, Sing so I decided to get an early start on this month's book club read. I've never read any books by this author. Thoughts?

Booksnchill SUS- so much vomit! I took several breaks!! 2y
AngelicaLuvsBooks Oh no. That's what I'm afraid of. The ladies in my book club said either you'll love it or you wont lil Thanks for the heads up! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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#emojimadness #🥜 Automatically I‘ll think of Peanuts Snoopy and Charlie Brown 😁. This is another book that comes to mind, closest I can get to any nuts. 😆

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Little_Reader
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Taken out of context, this is hilarious! 😂

SandyW 😲😂😂 2y
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Simona
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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How beautiful fragrant my package is! I have to admit, that I was expecting something in connection with Nutella and my breakfast today was real treat 😋 I was so eagerly anticipating this day, and officially I can confirm that I have a new favorite mug😍 I wanted to order it, but I always convinced myself that I don‘t need it ... the same goes for the book. When it was published I was so intrigued, but then I kinda forgot about it. Thank you...👇

Simona Cindy for your #MugLove for all teas, coffees, chocolates and other little things, you made my day❣️And of course, thank you @TheKidUpstairs for organizing this exchange🙏😘 2y
Cinfhen So glad you like everything 😘😘I know I cheated with the book🙈Enjoy 2y
Kalalalatja Everything looks really lovely! 👍 2y
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batsy Wonderful! And that tiny Strand tote! 2y
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m not complaining, at all... actually, I‘m very, very glad that you cheated🤩😘 (P.S. I have so sweet-smelling feet🤭🤫) I genuinely like everything you pick for me and I‘m very thankful for your generosity ❤️❤️❤️🙏 2y
Cinfhen With pleasure....it was a fun idea😍thanks again @TheKidUpstairs 2y
Izai.Amorim With such a package I‘d go nuts as well 😂 (edited) 2y
TrishB Fab stuff 👍🏻 2y
BookishMe What a Bounty! 👍🏽enjoy 👍🏽 2y
merelybookish That mug is great! 2y
TheKidUpstairs Fantastic mug! A lovely way to start the day 😁 2y
Simona @TheKidUpstairs It‘s the best way to start the day❣️ Thank you again for all your effort😘 2y
Simona @merelybookish It is and I was surprised at the size ... on the pictures looks smaller. 2y
Simona @BookishMe Thanks 😘 2y
Simona @TrishB With the great pleasure I absolutely agree with you 😘 2y
Simona @Izai.Amorim I have already calmed down a bit 😅 2y
Simona @batsy It‘s really sweet key ring ❤️ 2y
Simona @Kalalalatja Thanks to the @Cinfhen 😘 2y
rohit-sawant How awesome! 2y
Mdargusch I love that mug! 2y
LeahBergen I have this mug and I love it! 2y
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RobinCFarrell
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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I heard about this book on "The Librarian Is In," a podcast I love more and more each day. It's not the kind of book I would normally be drawn to but I am strangely compelled by the premise...

#hamlet #thelibrarianisin #bookpodcast #podcast #nutshell #bookrec

BeckyRoy I listened to the same podcast and want to read this book! !!! 2y
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Skybariline
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

This is my first McEwan: a clever and funny retelling of Hamlet from the perspective of an unborn fetus. The precise writing turns an absurd premise into a legitimate story. The audiobook narrator credibly portrays the erudite fetus a la Stevie Griffin from Family Guy. I really enjoyed this.

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Miss__astrid
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

A book club pick I‘m very glad I read! I didn‘t particularly liked Sweet Tooth so I was a bit worried about another Ian McEwan book but I couldn‘t put it down. Loved the very particular angle of it!

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amma-keep-reading
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
Pickpick

Such a unique concept. I loved the narrator for the audiobook.

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Sweettartlaura
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

Imagine Stewie from Family Guy in the womb, witnessing a plot to murder.

Enjoy!

AmyG That is some description. 2y
Sweettartlaura It‘s some book, @AmyG 😉 2y
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Sweettartlaura
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Finished with NDT ...
Moving on with McEwan ... ❤️📚

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Victoriahoperose
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

Wow... this book is so strange and creepy. I really liked it. The narration almost reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe with the ominous tone and the narrator who is omniscient. And the narrator... so different, so good.

Victoria_Clyne I really enjoyed the perspective of this one too. 2y
Jack-Cade I really really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of his works. Atonement, Amsterdam. Love them. 2y
Victoriahoperose @Jack-Cade. He is really a great author. I enjoy most of the books I‘ve read by him as well. Such a unique voice. 2y
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Jack-Cade Agree, and thank you for replying. Other "unique voices" I truly enjoy are Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman. Enjoy your day. 2y
Victoriahoperose @Jack-Cade they are some of my faves too. Love Neil Gaiman. Neverwhere is probably my favorite of his. We seem to have similar tastes. I will be on the lookout for recommendations from you! 2y
Jack-Cade Same here!! Have a safe weekend. I'm on my last 50 pages of Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci. Spectacular book. Also mid stream into The City by Dean Koontz and On Being by Virginia Woolf. 🙂 2y
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TheLudicReader
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Pickpick

Even though this is not my favourite McEwan ( that honour goes to Atonement), Nutshell was entertaining. The narrator is a fetus who listens to his mother and her lover plot to kill his father. Only a writer of McEwan's talents could make that work. Read my review at TheLudicReader.com

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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

I finished listening to this book recently. Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors. And Nutshell did not disappoint. I like the way McEwan doesn't try to give you a happy ending. I spent a lot of the book wishing that events would occur that would create a happy ending but to no avail. One of my favourite aspects of Nutshell was that it was written from the perspective of an unborn child.

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TheLudicReader
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Gotta get this read by the 9th. I really admire McEwan and have read several of his books - Atonement being my favourite - but I can't say I am looking forward to this one. Anyone read it?

LiteraryinLititz I did. It was... odd. To me, the original premise was the most interesting part. But I know many have loved it! 2y
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keggergoldy
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

Honestly, this book is kind of a perfect creepy story for October (and for air travel). I liked the retelling of Hamlet from the perspective of a fetus, and I really enjoyed the ending. It made the whole of the rest of it make far more sense. Also Rory Kinnear does the creepiness of this story justice.

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nelehelen
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Back to tackling my #TBRBingo... determined to get a bingo! Almost there...

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Jel
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"This is how it is, how stories work, when we know of murders from their inception. We can't help siding with the perpetrators and their schemes, we wave from the quayside as their little ship of bad intent departs. Bon voyage! It's not easy, it's an achievement, to kill someone and go free. The datum of success is "the perfect murder." And perfection is hardly human."

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Carissa-Green-Reads
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Jane says, "Back to the library." #returns

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Leelee.reads
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

Witty, cerebral, ridiculous and delightful. Not for everyone, but totally a pick for me. Who would have guessed that an over-educated fetus (who has already cultivated a taste for fine wines) as narrator would be so oddly entertaining?

KarenUK I loved this one too! 2y
Libby1 Loved it! 2y
Libby1 Great review. 2y
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LapReader
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

Would've been tricky 2 write a novel from the perspective of a foetus but he succeeded. My fav parts r when the baby is enjoying the alcohol the mum consumes & the excellent descriptions of ❤️that didn't survive & the decrepit house the mum lives in. You can almost smell it rotting. It's not Atonement but it still clever like he always is. The ending may surprise you like it did me. This was another RRR Book Club pick back in April.

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LouLouLane
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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One of my favorite booksellers down in #NewOrleans recommended this to me. My first #IanMcEwan paired with my new album from #magnoliarecordclub #pennyandsparrow #faulknerhousebooks

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GinEyre22
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Major catching up on #anditsaugust: Day 8, unusual narrators

Pruzy That was my pick too, I really enjoyed it! 2y
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LyndseyReads
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Boy, does this ring true today.

[DELETED] 3803335244 Yes, that is true. 2y
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Pruzy
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In what is sure to become a classic in the #UnusualNarrators genre, I pick Nutshell by Ian McEwan. It is a story about a woman separating from her husband to be with his brother as told from the viewpoint of her fetus. It has been likened to Hamlet, and I definitely see it. #AndItsAugust

RealLifeReading Did you like it? 2y
Pruzy @RealLifeReading I thought it was really great. I'm a McEwan fan to begin with, though, so I might be biased 😝 2y
Sha0102 I loved this book too. McEwan is genious! 2y
Pruzy @Sha0102 He is definitely one of my favourite authors. Which book of his is your favourite? 2y
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FairyHighRoad
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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I am definitely interested in reading a book narrated by a fetus who overheard the mom to be's plan to kill her husband! #unusualnarrators #anditsaugust

JenFowler 🤣 that sounds super crazy! 2y
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DeborahSmall
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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#AnditsAugust #unusualnarrators I've still to read this. It was definitely the lure of the narrator that drew me to this book

Lindy It's a treat. 👍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
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Death and an unborn child.
#unusualnarrators #anditsaugust

MinDea I love that cover on The Book Thief! 2y
batsy Well played 😀 2y
Nikki15 I love The Book Thief! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Cool cover on The Book Thief. 2y
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BookBelle84
Nutshell | Ian McEwan
Mehso-so

While I greatly enjoyed the fetus narrator as well as the writing style, I wasn't overly invested in the outcome of this story. I haven't read Hamlet since high school so maybe if I was more up to date in that reading I could have appreciated this book more.