In a Nutshell, Keep it a Secret

If you become a fan of Ian McEwan’s new novel, Nutshell, and I can’t see why you wouldn’t once you’ve read the very first page, you must do your best to hide your enthusiasm from certain people.

As you probably know by now, this narrative is in the voice of a fetus who demonstrates a sophisticated storytelling ability, and wisdom many decades beyond his age of minus one. As the tension builds inside and outside the womb, this partially formed Hamlet becomes wary and torn, unable to act for fairly obvious reasons. The book is a masterpiece, and that’s what I’m afraid of.

If a rabid pro-lifer were to read it, and to pass it along to other rabid pro-lifers, this faction could use it as proof that a fetus is not only a human being, but fully capable of being named to Donald Trump’s cabinet, though I realize that’s not a particularly high bar.

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10 responses to “In a Nutshell, Keep it a Secret”

  1. Joe says:

    The cabinet that frightens me most contains the condoms Trump be reaching for each time he screws America. I imagine he believes he will get off, scot-free, but Nixon-like, America can’t carry this monster to term, and the people will have no choice, but to abort his presidency.

    • larybloom says:

      I think, Joe, that even the most clever monsters reach a time when they are betrayed by their minions, and so the House of Trump will tumble.
      Good to hear from my favorite ivory tickler.

  2. A frightening time we live in. Hopefully book burning will not be on the agenda.

  3. Carmen English says:

    Dear Lary–I could unfortunately not agree with you more. These times feel to be heading towards the Middle Ages again, when every freedom that we have achieved in recent decades was a classified taboo, prosecutable and then some, to put it mildly–and for a writer, “putting it mildly” is just not good enough. I’m working on it. At night, under the covers. Carmen

  4. Roberta J. Buland says:

    I love your writing! I’ve never not liked anything I’ve read that you’ve written. I will put the book on my list. Thanks for informing me. Please keep me informed of your future works. Roberta

  5. Bonnie Hamill says:

    Always nice to hear (or read) your brilliant commentaries,Lary.Hope you and Sue are well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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