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The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden In the relentless summer heat four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy isolated world and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves

In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves

  • [PDF] The Cement Garden | by ☆ Ian McEwan
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About Author

  1. Ian McEwan says:
    Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970 He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.McEwan s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites the Whitbread Novel Award 1987 and the Prix F mina Etranger 1993 for The Child in Time and Germany s Shakespeare Prize in 1999 He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998 His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award 2002 , National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award 2003 , Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction 2003 , and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel 2004 He was awarded a CBE in 2000 In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader s Digest Author of the Year.McEwan lives in London His most recently published work is Nutshell 2016.

Comment 668 on “The Cement Garden

  1. Fabian says:
    Will ever these tales of incest cease Well, my true guess is no, for they sure do captivate lookin atchu V.C Andrews R.I.P girl Another case in point this early novel from major Nobel contender I m certain of this, right Ian McEwan The Cement Garden is considered by critics to be Lord of the Flies like in its plot structure and because it contains young protagonists But I must venture to say that it mostly resembles an early version of Bertolucci s Dreamers of course by that I mean its novel pre [...]

  2. Wen says:
    This was McEwan s very first novel, which earned him the fame and the nickname Ian Macabre It was narrated by a 15 year old boy on his life with his three young siblings in a secluded big house shortly after the death of both parents They grew up in an isolated and dysfunctional family The lack of adult supervision and sexual experiences, and the yearning for kinship while desiring individual space, led them to explorations and experiments that beyond inexplicable It was haunting and disturbing [...]

  3. Tatiana says:
    Will it reflect badly on me if I say this book isn t sordid enough to be entertaining or truly affecting Considering how unsettling and uncomfortable it already is Four siblings, ranging from 6 to 17, who have too close for comfort of a relationship if the word incest flashed in you mind, you are correct it is not a spoiler, the action starts on page 2 , witness both their parents die within the weeks of each other When their mother dies, they make a decision to bury her in the cellar and to not [...]

  4. Jared Duran says:
    Ian McEwan s The Cement Garden is, quite clearly not for everyone There are several severely disturbing incidents throughout the book that might make some readers wonder why they bought it, and where is the nearest bookstore to return it There are other groups both of a religious fascist nature the two are not always mutually exclusive that might have it pencilled in on their things to burn list In the hands of a lesser writer, much of this book would seem vulgar However, in McEwan s capable han [...]

  5. Betsy Robinson says:
    Told in straight forward sentences, this first novel reads like a very good writer s memoir I love the deep truth of some pretty extreme behavior by a family of orphaned siblings, which portends the even sophisticated truths of oblique human behavior in later books There is none of the lyricism or solid chapters of inner dialogue that characterize McEwan s style today I m glad I didn t start with this book, because now that I am an ardent fan, it was even interesting to see where he began.

  6. Michelle says:
    This book is fucked up, sick, and creepyI loved it I love McEwan s style He doesn t clutter his writing with unnecessary words, yet he says so much His writing is sharp and clean He is so good at invoking a specific mood at the very beginning of a novel, and then continuing to give the reader that same feeling throughout Then, just when you re sufficiently creeped out or unnerved or whatever it is you ve been feeling, it gets even intense The book is a first person narrative told by the eldest [...]

  7. Cecily says:
    McEwan s first novel, published when he was only 30 It was preceded by an even shocking collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rights , review show A profoundly disturbing, but very well written book Had I realised the true nature of it, I doubt I would have read it, and somehow the fact it is told in such an unjudgemental way almost makes it worse I did not kill my father, but I sometimes think I helped him on his way , is the opening sentence It is set in a hot summer in late 70s Engla [...]

  8. Jessica says:
    I saw the movie version of The Cement Garden in the theater when I was fifteen, and completely freaked out For years afterwards it stayed high on my list of all time favorites I haven t seen it again since then, though, so I have no idea what I d think now, but at the time I just thought it was the greatest thing ever Incest Allegory Incest Foreigners Incest Cement Incest Adolescence Tragedy Incest What do you want from a film at age fifteen Reading this book was definitely colored by my long a [...]

  9. Ilenia Zodiaco says:
    Morboso il tema, come sempre elegante, senza per questo smettere di turbare, la ricostruzione di McEwan Una famiglia su cui la presenza della morte grava cos tanto da trasformare i legami tra i suoi componenti in qualcosa di ambiguo, surreale e feroce Finale un po troppo sensazionalistico ma il valore di questa narrazione sta nella descrizione lucidissima dei corpi, delle loro trasformazioni, di come la cultura si intrecci con gli istinti e provochi desideri e repulsioni, anche proibiti L adoles [...]

  10. l a i n e y says:
    Well That was Hmm, weird Yes, weird.And I m not talking about that taboo subject, that was actually not a focus in the book Right We just got glimpses but never full on view spoiler until the very last scene and even then it wasn t like graphic hide spoiler The only thing I will say about this is it destroyed my appetite I actually felt bile in my mouth Not the taboo part but the view spoiler burial and those cellar scenes hide spoiler It was a good thing the book was short otherwise I d never h [...]

  11. David says:
    I m not surprised that recommends J.M Coetzee to readers who enjoyed this, because my experience of J.M Coetzee was similar to my experience with this book, which was Yes, a very good writer but ewwwwwwww I have not read Ian McEwan before, and if all his books are like this, I m unlikely to try him again I don t mind a disturbing book with unlikable characters who do disgusting things, but you have to give some reason to want to keep reading besides just admiring how skillfully the writer descri [...]

  12. Teresa Proença says:
    Faltam me 20 p ginas para terminar este livro, mas vou arrum lo e j n o lhe toco mais Por esta frase Sob v rios aspectos um livro chocante, m rbido, cheio de imagens repugnantes mas irresistivelmente interessante New York Review of Books ,e pelas 134 p ginas que j li, prevejo me um triste fim E n o estou para isso view spoiler O narrador um adolescente sempre com a m o dentro das cuecas que vive com os pais, um irm o e duas irm s com as quais brinca aos m dicos Quando o pai cai morto, em cima do [...]


  13. Stela says:
    Concrete CivilisationIan McEwan s Cement Garden left me with the same feelings I had after reading William Golding s Lord of the Flies I was aware of their resemblance right from the beginning, not in the sense of an imitation, of course, far from it, but in the choice of the theme and the way to develop it Both books argue about the famous nature versus nurture, showing how thin the shell of civilization is, how easy social conventions are forgotten when the link with society is broken And the [...]

  14. Jadranka says:
    Morbidno, okantno, uznemiruju eMcEwan odli no pi e, a izvetropirena ljudska priroda nikad nije bila mra nije i mu nije prikazana Betonski vrt definitivno nije za svakoga.

  15. K.D. Absolutely says:
    I don t read the works of a particular author in chronological order If I want to sample an author, I go straight to his her most famous work If I like it, I read 2 3 of his popular ones and if I still like them, that s the only time I go to his or her earlier works then probably do the reading chronologically Of course, I am talking here of authors that have than 5 works to their name and did not get international fame in their very first or only book This is what s been happening with me and [...]

  16. Tink Magoo is bad at reviews says:
    When I read the description for this book I expected to get a twisted, disturbing tale of incest What I actually got was a very well written mildly uncomfortable story about four siblings who are lost and without an adult to set boundaries.And really, instead of shocking me I was fascinated It s short, sharp and packs a punch I am however, highly annoyed with the ending THAT WAS NOT OKAY I like things to be wrapped up, I like to KNOW what happens next and not be left to come to my own conclusion [...]

  17. Lawyer says:
    I was led to Ian McEwan s The Cement Garden by Carmen Callil s and Colm Toibin s excellent book, The Modern Library Having formed the opinion that I was woefully unread after picking up that volume, I decided to take these two authors advice and dive into those books selected as the most influential books written in English since 1950 The Cement Garden, written by McEwan in 1978, is a chilling little book about children living on their own without parents Essentially, McEwan has constructed an u [...]

  18. Will says:
    This was his first novel it arrived with rave reviews, though to me it seems rather restrained and a little too short It certainly has an air of unease about it, but I wouldn t say actual menace it is sad and claustrophobic, and for McEwan only a little macabre Jack, his two sisters and much younger brother are orphaned when his father has an accident while concreting over the garden and shortly after the funeral his mother falls ill and dies The children don t as much decide to entomb her body [...]

  19. Evan says:
    I came to this book via the excellent 1993 movie version that starred Charlotte Gainsbourg, the gamine, androgynous French actress whose odd beauty inherited from her eccentric composer father, Serge, and her svelte model mother Jane Birkin I admit an attraction to As usual she dropped trou in the movie, so I was not disappointed.Gainsbourg was about 21 when she made the film, but was portraying a 16 or 17 year old adolescent or thereabouts, and looked the part her character, Julie, seemed to be [...]

  20. KamRun says:
    6 She lifted herself slightly and sank down A cool thrill un furled from my belly and I sighed too Finally we looked at each other Julie smiled and said, It s easy I sat up a little way and pressed my face into her breasts She took a nipple between her fingers again and found my mouth.As I sucked and that same shudder ran through my sister s body, I heard and felt a deep, regular pulse, a great, dull slow thudding which seemed to rise through the house and shake it I fell back and Julie crou [...]


  21. Jonfaith says:
    Flying through The Cement Garden, I would first advise against reading it just before bed, especially if some Gruyere had been nibbled that evening Finishing the novella in the cold light of day, I find it remarkably creepy McEwan achieves perfect pitch I dare say he strikes closer to The Destructors by Greene than anything else Many people cited Lord of the Flies as a cousin no pun intended but that harrowing tale is reductively feral whereas the trauma of Cement Garden and Graham s lads gone w [...]

  22. Jill says:
    I hate this book My iPod just kicked the bucket I had about 45 minutes left I think this book killed my iPod later My iPod was plugged into the computer for a last ditch effort to charge when I blew a fuse in the kitchen while cooking both popcorn and heating a pizza And like Dr Frankenstein s Monster, my iPod was resurrected And it was good.The book, unfortunately, was not.WHAT IS WRONG WITH THOSE CHILDREN By the By did ya notice there were no spoilers in this review SUCKERS

  23. J K says:
    Read this in about two hours, total It was a bit mixed but I ve marked it high for reasons I ll try to explain The main character is a self centered brute, but they re all pretty screwed up and emotionally damaged The big taboos it deals with stick out eagerly begging to be broken Feels like this was written by someone trying very hard to shock, and it does this with varying effect It s still a very odd story, don t get me wrong, but it s also desperately sad Beautiful writing raises this up fro [...]

  24. Diva says:
    simple and very quick to read, finished this within a day and a half.I found it very difficult to know what to feel for the majority of the book shock and disgust seem somewhat unwelcome considering the circumstances laid out early on The implied incestuous activity between the siblings makes one both uncomfortable yet oddly sympathetic it is not out of sexual attraction that these actions occur, but with the pure necessity of being wanted being held simple actions which cannot be fulfilled by t [...]

  25. Patricia Kaiser says:
    A great first book of 2018 with a gripping story told in Ian McEwan s unique style Spent an interesting evening on my couch with The Cement Garden and love that I ve read one book by one of my most favourite authors After being so disappointed by Nutshell , the latest McEwan I ve read, The Cement Garden was once again perfect for me The creepy story mixed with weird characters is exactly what I m looking for in a book Considering the fact that this is the story of four children, all deeply infl [...]

  26. Bruce says:
    I have read and enjoyed many of McEwan s novels, but most of those have been written in the past decade I was interested in reading this, his first published novel, and comparing it with his later work The one was published when McEwan was thirty years old in 1978 and had been preceded by a collection of short stories.The story is simply told although clearly very odd Four children ranging in age from 6 to 16 are orphaned rather suddenly There seem to be no relatives and essentially no social co [...]

  27. Sahel Ebrahimi says:
    Teenagehood psychological problems and desires, lonliness, frustration, perplexed mind and isolation Mix them all with the movie Dreamers made by Bertolucci, entombment case in the Cask of Amontillado by Allen Poe and you ll get this novel.One suggestion though, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT under any circumstances read it while you are eating sth LOL

  28. Aviendha says:
    Babam ben ld rmedim ama i ini kolayla t rd m hissettim zaman zaman Kitap can al c bir c mleyle ba l yor maceras na De inilen konu itibariyle ya ananlar fazlas yla a rken, ocuklar s z konusu oldu unda trajik bir hal al yor Yazar konunun derinli ini fazla y zeysel i lemi diyebilirim Bir pencere ard ndan bu hayat g zlemlemekle yetiniyor okuyucu, o bo ucu yaln zl n, ke meke in, zorlu un l klar atan sesini duyam yor S rf Tom karakterinin i d nyas i in bir kitap yaz labilirmi

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