Margin Notes: The Children Act
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was beautifully written. Ian McEwan's command of the English language is so beautiful and precise, this book really showcased that and reminded me how beautiful language can be.
We hear the story of a Judge in England's life--her marriage is crumbling and she's adjudicating tricky cases at the same time. She's widely respected and she believes in her ability to make fair decisions. All in all, I sympathized with Fiona. Her husband seems a bit like a loser going through a mid life crisis who needs a kick in the butt. She doesn't have children, yet is a family court judge and deals with family issues all day. It seems like she wanted kids but never made it a priority, and now it's too late, which is sad and understandable and a little lonely. McEwan somehow paints this portrait despite how Fiona portrays herself, since we hear this story from her point of view.
This story felt like a short story. It was a short book, but the story arc felt small, it felt kind of short story-esque. Something baout the structure, the quiet story telling, the portrayal of a moment in someone's life seemed like a short story, which was interesting. It was successful and made me want to explore why it felt so much like a short story.
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