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The Children Act
The Children Act | Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospitalan encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
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LiteraryinLititz
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I was pulled in from the start to this short novel about a British judge who is having marital problems while also ruling on a controversial family law case. McEwan was very very convincing at writing from the point of view of a middle aged woman. I borrowed the 2018 film from the library when I returned the book; I bet Emma Thompson is going to fill the role beautifully.

KarenUK She is awesome 💕👍 2mo
KathyWheeler I haven‘t seen the movie yet but Emma Thompson seems perfect for the role. I liked the book. 2mo
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KarenUK
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A pick, and though not my favorite McEwan, I‘m reading it for a bookclub, and I think it‘s perfect for that. Lots of ‘what would you do?‘ questions to ask.
I always see so many reviews of McEwan saying his writing is ‘cold‘ and that he must ‘hate people‘, yet I never get that from his writing. I find that he cuts quickly to the heart of the matter, honest and without judgement, and the way he shows his characters worst traits, creates complexity.

LauraBeth I‘ve never read McEwan, but I like directness and I‘ve never heard of his writing described this way - so now I‘m intrigued! 3mo
KarenUK @laurabeth I love him.... I recommend Atonement or On Chesil Beach to see if he does it for you... 🤷‍♀️💕 3mo
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Joanne1
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Mehso-so

I really, really enjoyed about two thirds of this very quick read. Then something happened that I just didn‘t buy and it spoilt the last third for me.

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Joanne1
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I missed the movie so reading the book instead. Any one catch it? Was it good?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Want to know too! Haven't seen the movie yet either. 7mo
Lcsmcat Loved the book. Didn‘t know there was a movie. 7mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A judge in a court that deals with the welfare of kids goes through some personal issues and also gets involved in a case that effects her life outside of the court.

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MelHopton
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I didn't feel like I was the target demographic for this book (the protagonist is a 50-sonething lawyer with an intensely challenging job and a poor work/life balance). Nevertheless, I was drawn in and couldn't wait to see how it would end. The terminally ill boy, the religion, the personal interest, the unexpected behaviour - yep, loved it.

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cariashley
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Mehso-so

The writing is beautiful at times (the above was my favorite line), but the plot just didn‘t make much sense to me in the end. It‘s a very quick read though, despite the density of some of the issues explored.

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Readerann
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Another McEwan hit. I love his writing.

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KatieanneF
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Not my favorite plot, but with all the longing, poetic language I‘ve come to expect from Mr. McEwan. A quick, enjoyable bit of prose.

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EMoubray
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Very interesting topic, that a judge would be so involved in a case, and become more than just the person in the pulpit

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KatieanneF
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Have you ever read a book and wanted so badly to love it because you felt so much loyalty to the author? That is the case here. I know he‘s brilliant- and the words in this are just beautiful. But. I‘m having a hard time with this one. I‘ll hang on because it‘s not very long- maybe the end will surprise me. Definitely some interesting ideas, here. #ianmcewan #thechildrenact

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Queerbeetleserin
Kindeswohl | Ian McEwan

Und dann findet sich alles zurück und es endet wie ich es vermutete weil solche Bücher immer gleich enden... Genial geschrieben, tolle Formulierung und darum diese Enttäuschung...
Und der Schluss trotzdem tröstlich... Ein Buch das wert ist gelesen zu werden.... Aber nicht wegen der Spannung... Sondern wegen seiner Worte

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Queerbeetleserin
Kindeswohl | Ian McEwan

Und plötzlich dreht sich alles, geht es um etwas ganz anderes.... Genial

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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PICK. This book punched me in the heart.
McEwan can write the human condition like no other.

BarbaraBB Loved this one too! 14mo
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Caroline2
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This was an exciting little read. A Jodi Picoult style moral dilemma from the point of view of a high court judge ruling on a 17yr old boy refusing treatment on religious grounds. I enjoyed the day to day life of the judge more than the moral dilemma!! 😆 but still a good little read! 👍🏻

KarenUK Enjoyed this one too....Looking forward to the movie.... I love Emma Thompson.... 👍💕 1y
Caroline2 @KarenUK yes I‘m looking forward to the Emma Thompson film too!! 👍🏻 She‘s one of my fav actresses! 1y
squirrelbrain Just got this one in a charity shop haul - the film is only getting so so reviews unfortunately 1y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain That‘s a shame as I was looking forward to the film! It‘s quite a simple storyline really so maybe it doesn‘t hit the mark for a big cinema movie! More a BBC Sunday night special I‘d say! 😆 1y
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Aliking1986
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A thought provoking story with a complicated protagonist who, through a series of missteps and tiny errors in judgement, rocks the foundations of her career, her marriage and her identity. Beautifully dense prose that deserves all the time you can afford, this resonated at a deep level and is destined to become a much loved favourite.

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Lcsmcat
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1y
Lcsmcat It‘s my favorite McEwan! I hope you enjoy it. 1y
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kiminreverse
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I am LOVING this. Such exacting prose. The main character is a judge, and the scenes of courtroom proceedings are so detailed and feel so real. Otherwise the plot is simple but the emotions are so palpable. I've only read one other book by McEwan but I have a feeling this won't be my last. #unreadshelfproject2018

Sweettartlaura He‘s fantastic. Sorely under-rated/unknown here in the States, for sure. I have yet to be disappointed with him, & I‘ve read close to a dozen. 2y
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damyantig
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“Blind luck, to arrive in the world with your properly formed parts in the right place, to be born to parents who were loving, not cruel, or to escape, by geographical or social accident, war or poverty. And therefore to find it so much easier to be virtuous.”

Reading this #novella by McEwan—this quote sums up my thoughts on life, and on virtue. So much easier to be virtuous and brave when neither is challenged in any way.

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GraciesLibrary
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Mehso-so

A difficult topic was presented in this novel - should a secular court make a life and death decision on behalf of a minor child against the religious beliefs of the child and his parents. At times the story was well written and drew me into the agonizing decision judge Fiona Maye had to make. But in the end, I didn‘t find it as well developed as I would have liked, leaving one event out of character and not quite believable.

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DyAnne
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Just finished this for book club. Seriously? What was the point? There‘s valuable reading time I‘ll never get back. At least I can go to book club having finished the book like a responsible adult.

JillR Aw that's a shame you didn't enjoy it. I did enjoy it although thought the main point of the story could have been developed so much more :) 2y
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DyAnne
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Reading this for a book group. 28% in. The legal cases involving children? Interesting. The “domestic” stuff? Please, make it stop.

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EleanorJ
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I understand the divided opinion on this novel. It feels disappointing and not McEwan's normal standard. I felt the female voice lacked realism at times however I was utterly heartbroken by her trails and tribulations. I wanted to cling on to my own partner in desperation when I was sharing her fears and worries about her relationships. It's beautiful, and yes, feels unfinished but I felt it reflected life; nothing is ever completed neatly.

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Megld4
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1/4 of the way through! #24in48

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Megld4
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Hoping to reach the 4 hour point soon #24in48

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Lcsmcat
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Opinions on this novel seem to go to either extreme: people either love it or hate it. I fall into the first category. I liked how he showed the workings of the Judge's mind, how she parsed out the evidence in Court but also how she dissected her own actions and motivations. I liked how the progress toward reconciliation was much slower than the original breach, and how seemingly unrelated things affected their progress. 👇🏻

Lcsmcat I read this for my local book group and can't wait to have our discussion! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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"He spoke to her with an awkward delicacy, as though she were some kind of unusual bomb that might go off mid-sentence."

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Lcsmcat
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I don't tend to plan my reading, but these are three I know I'll read from my #TBR. The Iron Heel I started in June so I know I will finish it. The Children Act is for my local book club, and The Satanic Verses is for #thesatanicversesbuddyread. And it's probably my #Julymostanticipated too. #sizzlinsummerbooks #jubilantjuly @RealLifeReading @Tiffy_Reads

LeahBergen Yes to The Satanic Verses! 👍🏼 2y
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BarbaraBB
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I am not always positive about McEwan, but I certainly liked this one. I felt very connected to the judge, the main character. I also liked the storyline, McEwan knows how to tell a story.

Libby1 I loved this one. The writing was so beautiful. 2y
BarbaraBB @Libby1 It may well be my favourite McEwan. 2y
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JillR
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I really loved this. It is a gentle story; yes it is heartbreaking as the cover blurb says but not quite in the way I expected. It is set in and against the backdrop of the High Court; as a lawyer I loved how Fiona's judgments were woven into the story (although as these were perhaps my favourite bits, maybe I should have just read some law reports instead! 😳)

ChloeTallis I loved this! 3y
JillR @ChloeTallis I couldn't remember whether you'd read it! 3y
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JillR
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I've not read Ian McEwan for ages so looking forward to this one...

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Bookladylinda
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My first Ian McEwan book and I struggled big time with it. There were 3 story lines and the book was too short to resolve any of them. Just my opinion. But I did love the cover, that's good - right??? 😏😏😏

Kaylamburson I felt similarly about Nutshell. It's so slow to start (even through it's a super short book), and then it just wrapped up too quickly, not giving the resolution enough time. 3y
TheLudicReader Read Atonement. Trust me. 3y
Bookladylinda @TheLudicReader okay, I'm going to trust you - I just checked out Atonement from my library. 3y
TheLudicReader Can't wait to hear what you think. I am a McEwan fan anyway...I have read 6 or 7 of his books, but Atonement is breathtaking. 3y
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TeR
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Hmm... not my favorite Ian McEwan. I felt disturbed & disappointed after reading this. It felt thrown together & unfinished & missing bits? Was it about a marriage falling apart ? Was it about what it is like to be a judge? Was it about music? Not sure? It was disjointed & full of details that seemed to go nowhere. Ya I'm giving this one a meh.

scripturient I felt the same. It was like watching one of those Saturday night TV dramas. Entertaining for a little while but not substantial enough to really care about. 3y
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Angelala007
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I love this book. Couldn't put it down. Oh, Ian, I love you so. You've broken my heart again. ❤️

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TeR
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Started this today, I love Ian McEwan - although I think there will be no humor, seems a bit heavy so far....

Joanne1 Must get to this one. I'm a big fan of Bolinda audiobooks. 3y
Libby1 This was my first McEwan. I read it last year. I didn't know what to expect but I loved it. 3y
Abailliekaras I really liked it! 3y
MrsMalaprop Did it for book club a year or so ago. I liked it 😊. 3y
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Angelala007
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Just starting this one. I used to read every new McEwan the minute it came out. I love his writing. ❤️

LeahBergen I just bought this one last weekend. 👍🏼 3y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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I wasn't a fan of this one, unfortunately. The narrator was whiny and irritating, and the plot was boring. It's disappointing because I had such high hopes.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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I'm only on C for #litsyatoz, because of the other challenge I'm doing. This is a short book, so I'm hoping that it will help me catch up.

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Annashep
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I'm about 30 odd pages from the end this is a great book.... well written and very interesting subject matter .... a judge and one of her cases becomes the main stay of the book .... definitely worth a read ..... plus I love that it's set where I used to work and she travels to where I live now so all the environment references are great for me :)

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CherylDeFranceschi
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Sorry. I have to use my reader for this challenge. This is a book I've been meaning to read for quite a while. #FunFridayPhoto

Pruzy Great book! 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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The Omega Award goes to an author with decades of amazing work, who just keeps getting better. This year I give it to Ian McEwan. Every McEwan novel I read gets tauter while never sacrificing depth. There are surprises that lesser writers could never pull off. If you've never read him, remedy that in 2017. Just about anything you pick by him will make you a lifelong fan, & lucky for you, he has a great catalog to dig deep into 😍
#bestof2016

saresmoore Great synopsis! I will take your recommendation. 3y
Sweettartlaura @saresmoore He is just soooo good. If you never have read it, start with Atonement. I gasped at the ending. From there, you can read just about anything. His storytelling skills are at the level of Master. 3y
saresmoore I've just been on Book Depository (better covers) and put Atonement in my cart! It's my last day to buy anything before my spending freeze for 2017. So tempting! Thank you for the rec. I need to study under more masters. 3y
Sweettartlaura @saresmoore Can't wait to hear what you think of it❤️👏🏻 3y
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smccallum
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Enjoyed this a lot, didn't take to it immediately but still read it in one sitting and once the subject became clearer it was a very interesting a thought provoking look at religion among several other things. On a slight tangent; I've not read much McEwan but can anyone tell me why he is so interested in music? It features heavily here and in 'On Chesil Beach' and I believe, though don't know, 'Atonement'. Is there an interesting story behind it?

Cinfhen Interesting question? We read for book club and had fantastic discussion but I don't remember anything about music🤔 3y
smccallum @Cinfhen there's the recital where she plays some songs at piano whilst a tenor sings and at the end she switched the encore mid introduction to the song Adam had learnt on violin. I just think it's interesting that both of his books that I've read have featured recitals 😊 3y
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smccallum
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#currentlyreading this! It was a recommendation from the mother and after she read 'A Little Life' on my recommendation it's only fair 😝 very short read, picked it up this evening and about halfway through, finding it interesting so far #photoadaynov16

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SarahK
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Roxie's opinion of having her picture taken was sort of like mine with this book. It took about 50 pages before I really got into it (it took following Roxie into the living room and 2 pictures). Anyway, once I got into it I really enjoyed it. McEwan can write some beautiful sentences.

MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
Zelma This wasn't one of my favorites but I will read anything McEwan writes! I adore him. 3y
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Thedivinemissmm
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Brilliant

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SandraD1
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I'm trying to increase the number of books I read by reading in different formats. (I've always been a book in hand kind of gal.) This is my first book I've read on my phone. Perfect for that...fast read and easy to hold on to the plot and characters!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive found that it's not really as difficult or off-putting to read on my phone. I was surprised at how easily I adapted to it. I think we Litsy people would read anything anywhere, right?! 3y
BookishMarginalia Of course! Bring it on! 3y
SandraD1 You guys are totally right!! I don't know why I've been so resistant!!! 3y
Faibka Nice! Added to the list :) 3y
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KathyWheeler
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I liked this book, but I did know how it was going to end far sooner than I should have. It is very well-written and kept my attention from the first page.