If you follow my reviews at all then you will know that recently I have been having great success with picking up random books on a whim. Books that I would never normally read and that are completely out of my comfort zone, but that I have actually ended up really loving. So I recently decided to do it again and pick up Nutshell by Ian McEwan. So, here is my review.
I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be, but it wasn’t this. This was unlike anything that I have ever read before and I am not entirely sure how I actually feel about it.
It is a very different way of telling a story. it is utterly unique. But it is also strange of hell. I wasn’t sure how a book told from the perspective of an unborn baby would work when I first picked it up and I am honestly not sure that I liked the way that it was done. I found the concept of an unborn child having a complex stream of consciousness very unsettling. Incredibly unsettling actually. Especially considering the direction and tone of some of his thoughts. For instance, there is something unbelievably unsettling about a baby knowing and understanding concepts such as suicide and actually considering it as an option. It made me very uncomfortable. And there were many moments that left me feeling like this.
If I ignore how creepy I found the narrative and just focus on the main story, I am still not sure how I feel. I mean, I didn’t find the story particularly suspenseful or charged, there was only ever going to be one outcome. It was obvious from the start how it would all playout. And I think that was my main issue, I wasn’t at all invested in the story because I knew what was going to happen in the end. It was just so predictable. I also found the main story to be very unbelievable and shallow. And I could not stand any of the characters. I found them all incredibly self-centred and unlikable. I know that that was the point with some of the characters but even the characters that I was meant to like I didn’t. I really couldn’t stand any of them.
The only saving grace for this book was the actual writing. It was lovely. It was beautifully structured and almost lyrical. There were several moments while reading this book that I just completely fell in love with a line or an image. I cannot deny that McEwan is very talented. The wring was lovely. It is just a shame that the story wasn’t as good as it.
All in all, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. I really liked the general premise of it but I just didn’t like the actual execution of it. I also didn’t like the fact that It just kind of stopped. There was no resolution. It reminded me very much of An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley
2 out of 5
and there we go. have you ever read Nutshell? What did you think about it? also, what was the last book that you picked up on a whim? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon