The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present, comes 25-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life - and to lose his unwanted innocence.
The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening - a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.
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A good read with a few turns you woldnt expect.
This is a well read book and the narrater does a good job in keeping your interest with his style of narration.
I am a fan of Ian McEwan and think I have read most of his books. They do vary and there seems to be something for everyone somewhere in his book list. This book, set after the second World War in Berlin gives a great impression of what the city and people were like in that time. I have never been a great spy or war enthusiast but this book was interesting and I really got into the main character.
There are so many good characters here, the main character is believable and through the book you seem to follow his maturity and paradigm shift. Interesting perspective and so well written to show the development from shy geek to confident plotter.
This could certainly be a film but in regard to a tag line I really have no suggestion.
Its a good listen and well recommended.
- Pete Lachaise
Good tale, spoilt by pages and pages of gruesome, violent hideous descriptions of murder