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Revue de presse

"Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer" (Julian Barnes New Statesman)

"As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across" (Vogue)

"Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner" (Gabriele Annan Times Literary Supplement)

"And now for a brand new writer of formidable talent, Ian McEwan who is 27. His stories First Love, Last Rites…are the most devastating debut I have seen for a long time" (Peter Lewis Daily Mail)

"A brilliant debut by the most promising writer around" (A. Alvarez Observer Books of the Year) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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The fortieth anniversary edition of Ian McEwan's first book, now with an introduction from the author

Forty years on from first publication, these stories display McEwan’s dazzling early talent. Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, they are stories of sex and loneliness, adolescence and incest, love and murder, and they linger in the mind long after they are finished.

This special edition includes a piece by the author on how he came to write First Love, Last Rites and rare archive material including manuscript pages, early publicity material and the cover of the first edition. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for the McEwan novice, but a must for McEwan lovers 29 février 2012
Par David Scroggins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I won't belabor the point, as much I have to say has been written by other reviewers. First Love reads like you would expect an early set of experimental stories from a developing writer to. His prose is not as developed as in his later works (the mature McEwan writes sentences that you want to read over and over again to revel in their elegance), and the macabre is too prevalent in these stories. The more mature McEwan balances his penchant for the dark and disturbing with carefully paced character development and sentimentality, so the tragic moments are rendered especially devastating. In First Love, McEwan's tone is so pervasively bleak that the dark shocks and thrills ceased to move me beyond the first three stories or so. Now, it is certainly not fair to expect extensive character development in a collection of short stories, but nonetheless the stories become a bit rote if read too closely together. I recommend spacing the stories of First Love as tasty macabre treats around your other reading.

Having said all this, I do feel that "Disguises," the collection's final story, is one of the best short stories McEwan has ever written. Avid readers will recognize McEwan's ongoing fascination with the unstable and dubious nature of the self. The skill with which McEwan weaves together an atmosphere of brooding evil with the anxiety of pubescent sexuality is stunning. Furthermore, McEwan demonstrates his later skill of creating a dark atmosphere without overdoing it. The story builds in intensity then devastates lightly, leaving the reader hanging. If nothing else, check out this final story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Silly girl, no butterflies." 11 mars 2010
Par Dallas Fawson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I was impressed with this collection: I wasn't expecting something this good from an author's first writings, even an author as good as Ian McEwan. However, he had already proven himself to be a master of psychological unease: Almost all of the stories in this collection creeped me out in one way or another, particularly "Butterflies."
These small gems explore abuse in various forms. For example, "Conversations With a Cupboard Man," one of my favorites in the collection, is narrated by a young man, who had lived with his mother until very recently. You start to find out his mother had treated him like a small child for his whole life, and the story is about his problems adjusting in the real world. Homemade, Butterflies, and Disguises all depict sexual abuse of children, in different ways.
This collection is not for the faint of heart: if you read and loved Atonement, this might not be what you're expecting. I'm not offended by these stories, but if you are offended by rape and abuse in its various forms, I would steer clear. But if you ask me, these horror stories are as scary as those of Stephen King, just in a more subtle way. If you're a fan of McEwan or psychological horror, these are definitely worth a look.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 fine 25 mai 2017
Par George H. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting 1 février 2017
Par DON FOY - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First Love, Last Rites is well written and reads very easily. Should have read the first three books. Before this one.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Later books led me to this one, which was definitely a step back 2 octobre 2013
Par Mark H. Overstreet - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I've read several of McEwan's later books, and saw this as a deal on Kindle, so purchased it. He has come a long way as a writer, in terms of my taste and what I enjoy. This book didn't appeal to me as much as the later books. That said, I did read all of the stories looking for one diamond.
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