The Cement Garden: Introductory Post

The Cement Garden book club, post one

A blurb on my copy of The Cement Garden, an Anchor Books paperback, refers to author Ian McEwan as a “master of menace” and says that the book concerns “the banality of evil.” Every time I pull the book out, I’m struck by how deeply wrong this is. Indeed, McEwan’s 1978 novel of post-World War II British decay is, to me, a book about ju…

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