April’s book: The Innocent by Ian McEwan

This month is crime/spy/espionage month. Much to my chagrin (grumble, what’s the point of being benevolent dictator if you can’t force a book on people once in a while, grumble grumble etc**) we went with:

The Innocent by Ian McEwan

the innocent

The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life – and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening – a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he’s willing to shed.

Happy reading and make sure you have you say on the  date for the next book club and pick you preferred genre for May.

**(I’m joking, of course. Democracy is a great thing and it means I have two books to read this month!) 

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2 thoughts on “April’s book: The Innocent by Ian McEwan

  1. Hannah says:

    One of the cool points about being a dictator (benevolent or otherwise) is that you get to choose the books on the short list. That way the dictatorship continues to appear benevolent. 🙂

  2. […] month we were discussing Ian McEwan’s The Innocent. We welcomed two new members (both of whom are, I think, the only readers of this blog, and […]

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