The Child in Time

The Child in Time

Book - 2014
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Stephen Lewis' three-year-old daughter is snatched from a supermarket. Following several months of frantic searching, Stephen, a British writer of children's books, breaks down. His wife leaves him, and his single activity is his attendance at the weekly meetings of a subcommittee of the Official Commission on Child Care. But this is not really a missing-child novel. It is more about the relationship between childhood and adulthood and our search for the child in us all. This theme is manifest in the absurd and ultimately useless work of the commission, in a vision Stephen has of his parents before their marriage, and in the demise of Stephen's best friend a public figure within whom the adult side and the child side are at war. Beautifully written, this novel is at once sad, wryly humorous, and full of hope.
Publisher: Toronto :, Vintage Canada,, 2014
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
Description: 245 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780345809674
Branch Call Number: McEw


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Mar 01, 2018

This is a fantastic book that is brilliantly written, deeply insightful yet quirky, tragic and darkly comical. Amazing. I'm really looking forward to seeing the BBC movie on PBS starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role on April 1.

Feb 06, 2012

I've enjoyed many of the McEwan books, this book is not a favorite among them. He does have an interesting style and a talent for writing books that are snippets of people's lives.

Dec 21, 2008

Haunting, with another signature McEwan scene of unbearable suspense - the sequence in the treehouse is unforgettable.

Jul 07, 2008

McEwan's other books have received a lot of praise and notice, of course--but this more subtle, perfectly constructed novel may be my favorite by him.

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