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Nutshell: A Novel
by Ian McEwan | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 8/10/2017
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, August 10, 2017

7 out of 10

I got this good-condition hardcover at the ongoing book sale at the Dunstable MA public library. It has a very quirky premise - it's narrated by an about-to-be-born fetus, who's been an involuntary witness to a plot between his mother and his uncle to get his father out of the way so they can be together. [If this sounds familiar, just wait - that's not the only "Hamlet" concept in the story.]

I wouldn't normally be all that thrilled to have a story being told in utero, but this narrator starts with "So here I am, upside down in a woman" and keeps on snarking from there. And philosophizing, too, well beyond the bounds of the experiences he may have had up to this point.

Lots of fun stuff here, from the expanding plot to the police investigation (don't miss the bit about the spiders), and with our hero-in-utero trying to figure out what, if anything, he can do either to thwart the plot or preserve the liberty of his mother. Since he really can't do much of anything, it puts a whole new perspective on Hamlet's procrastination!

At the climax, it seems that there may just be something that the baby can do - but will it work? Things get very, very tense...

A wonderfully strange book - glad I picked it up!  

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Martha's Exchange, Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Released 10 mos ago (8/16/2017 UTC) at Martha's Exchange, Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in front of Martha's Exchange brew-pub at around 12:45; hope the finder enjoys it!

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