'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan

June 4, 2019

 

This month were were reviewing 'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan. This book certainly gave us some food for thought and lots to discuss. Murial and Kathy were not able to join us but sent me their scores out of 10 and a few of their thoughts which I will add in.The overall score was 7.5 out of 10. Our scores this month ranged from 3 all the way up to 10 out of 10 , so quite diverse feelings about this book.

Some comments were:

'I struggled to read this, it didn't draw you in'
'The book made me think alot. Interesting twist about the judge deciding Adam must have a transfusion and so the family were overjoyed that he could live'
'The parents feelings that they had followed God's word and the decision was taken out of their hands.They were absolved of any responsibility and could still hold their heads up to the church community '
'There is a Chinese proverb that says "if you save a life , you are responsible for that life" which I feel is what happened with the judge'
'I didn't enjoy it and wouldn't recommend it'
'Started it, aborted it'
'It made you think about a long marriage and how it has to be worked at'
'The ageing process and how it affects the home and work balance'
'The discussion around the case of her colleague towards the end of the book and his reflection on the law, he was disillusioned with the processes'
'A satisfying ending'
'I really enjoyed the book'.

We discussed the 'kiss' at length. It was the pivotal point in the book . Was she reacting like a parent? Possibly grieving for the children she never had? Or was it something more...why did she linger on his lips ?  

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