In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories

In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories

eBook - 1994
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Whether these are the written transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of our psyche, all seven stories in this collection implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. In one, a two-timing pornographer becomes the unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. In another, a jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. In another, over the course of a weekend, a guilt-ridden father with his teenage daughter discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780795301698
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (153 pages)

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ksoles Mar 21, 2013

In one of his earliest short story collections, gifted author Ian McEwan flaunts his status as King of the macabre. He keeps a straight face as he twists romantic relationships into obscene exploits, a technique which proves intriguing but not exactly absorbing.

A stay-at-home narrator pines for his busy lover's attention, a lover who happens to be a gibbering ape capable of writing immaculate prose. A man falls in love with a mannequin. A divorced father straddles the line between parental and erotic love for his tween daughter. Along with other fragmentary pieces, "In Between the Sheets" does not represent McEwan at his best. Nonetheless, die hard fans will appreciate its quirkiness and recognize that it accurately reflects the sexually eruptive atmosphere of the 1970s.


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