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In Between the Sheets Paperback – November 1, 1994
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"A writer in full control of his materials... In [his] short stories, the effect acheived by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensual touch is that of magic realism--a transfiguration of the ordinary that has a ...strong visceral impact." --Robert Towers, The New York Review of Books
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At once chilling and beguiling, and written in prose of lacerating beauty, In Between the Sheets is a tour de force by one of England's most acclaimed practitioners of literary unease.
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I can't name anything in here that is remotely memorable. Indeed, it was so bad I hardly finished the book. "Pornography" is mundane and pedestrian. It's been done to death (and better) by others. "Reflections Of A Kept Ape" almost succeeds - could the ape be the retarded child of the woman ? are the ape's sexual fantasies just its hallucination ? I haven't a clue what "Two Fragments" is all about. "Dead As They Come" is ludicrous. By the time I got to "In Between The Sheets", I lost interest and couldn't wait for this slim volume to end.
The publishers should quietly delete this title from McEwan's catalogue as it diminishes his tall standing among the great contemporary writers of today.
I tried so hard to not use the following adjectives to describe the book; `dark' and `disturbing' as I am sure they have been used many times to describe this set of short stories. However, it is almost impossible not to use the afore-mentioned adjectives as they perfectly describe two major aspects of the book.
I believe the book reflects Great Britain during 1977 and 1978. The country was beset with strikes, IRA bombings, political unrest, the `Winter of Discontent' was just around the corner, the gaining popularity of the Conservative party, (The Thatcher era was only a year away), and women's palpable fear of the Yorkshire Ripper. There is one story in the book of a dystopian future set in Great Britain. But attitudes to sex in the seventies were a bigger threat.
The seventies are seen by many historians as the decade that saw an explosion of promiscuity, abortion and pornography. The pill became widely used in the seventies and so it appeared as if everyone was having sex with anyone. Sex became recreational rather than perfunctory.Read more ›
"Tales of a Kept Ape" is told in first-person, through the eyes of a frustrated lover who cannot understand why the woman he adores has alienated herself from his affections. Bizarre twist: The jilted lover is a pet ape the woman has been sleeping with.
In the title story, a middle aged divorced father worries that his fourteen year old daughter has fallen into a lesbian relationship with an older woman. Bizarre twist: The older woman is a three-foot dwarf.
In "Dead as They Come", we watch an obsessive, arrogant millionaire fall madly in love with a woman, only to destroy the relationship out of uncontrollable jealousy. Bizarre twist: The woman is a department store mannequin.
My complaint of these stories is that the bizarre "twists" are never explicitly dealt with by the characters. It's as if McEwan wants us to believe that loving an ape, or a dwarf, or a mannequin is no less strange (or less hopeless) than loving another human being. So, each tale becomes a plodding, why-can't-we-get-along diatribe that is neither interesting nor enlightening.
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As has become my custom for reviewing short story collections, I will give a one-word review of each story and a star ranking. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Julie Merilatt
Book was in good shape and typical McEwan story, slightly disturbing, interesting and educational. Love everything he writes. Good dealPublished on May 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The only reason I finished this book was because I was on an airplane and had nothing else to read. Turgid self indulgent and really not a pleasure to read.Published on November 10, 2012 by J. R. Sollars
If you're a McEwan fan then you must read this collection. If you're not, please read the novels first. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Mal Veitch
A hit and miss early book from one of our greatest living writers, In Between the Sheets, at the very least, is interesting enough to keep you reading. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Dallas Fawson
Not as good as or as provocative as the other short story volume (First Love, Last Rites), but still worth reading...Published on January 29, 2008 by Erkan Saka
"In Between the Sheets" was brilliantly written, as would be expected coming from McEwan- his style of writing is the closest anyone can get to Jane Austen- he's like "the" Jane... Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by XOExotiic
Lo compré con mucha ilusión en la versión en español. Una desilusión. Si bien lo venden como provocador no me pareció para nada. Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by Maruska
I read a lot of books, but I generally avoid the more "literary" authors. There are exceptions, however, and Ian McEwan is one of those. Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by mrliteral