Notable essays by the literary critic, James Wood: on the technique of the author, Ian McEwan. Read by Peter Firth. From 2014.
Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.
4. CONTAINMENT: TRAUMA AND MANIPULATION IN IAN McEWAN
Wood admires and critiques the author of Atonement, Enduring Love and On Chesil Beach - 'the great contemporary stager of traumatic contingency as it strikes ordinary lives'.
Abridged by Eileen Horne
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