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The Children Act af Ian McEwan
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The Children Act (original 2014; udgave 2015)

af Ian McEwan (Forfatter)

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"Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page"--… (mere)
Medlem:DF
Titel:The Children Act
Forfattere:Ian McEwan (Forfatter)
Info:Anchor (2015), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Barnets tarv : roman af Ian McEwan (2014)

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Very much a McEwan story with stalker?, bits of arcane knowledge of the law, marital agonies and all but I was absorbed throughout, particularly with his main character, the woman judge, and the way he got inside her head. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
I think this is only the second [a:Ian McEwan|2408|Ian McEwan|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1404240951p2/2408.jpg] that I've read, the other being [b:Atonement|1083352|Atonement|Ian McEwan|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1419704786l/1083352._SX50_.jpg|2307233]. That must have been more than a decade ago I think. I suspect these are his two best, based on what others have said. [b:The Children Act|21965107|The Children Act|Ian McEwan|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1405290619l/21965107._SX50_.jpg|40842571] is brilliant. The writing is understated but McEwan has a forensic eye for human frailty. I found it really difficult to put the book down, not because it was pacy, but because the writing was just so good. I read it in two days. Still haven't done the vacuuming. Meh. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
If family disputes and family law interest you, this is a book for you.

The central character is Fiona Maye, a High Court Judge. She presides over the usual, routine disputes between divorcing spouses, who gets what, what happens to the kids. But she also gets to decide what happens to Siamese twins when the hospital wants to sacrifice one to save the other, and the parents disagree. And when the hospital wants to save the life of an almost adult who agrees with his parents, devout followers of Jehovah's Witnesses, that transfusion is not an option. McEwan throws a twist when My Lady's, as they call her, husband announces they are at a low point and he wants to have an affair. Her reaction is quick. The time to ask for an open marriage is before marriage, not after more than twenty years. She asks him to leave immediately and changes the locks. Decisions are what she does.

The stage is set. Will she intervene and override the wishes of both the patient and his parents and save his life? How will the young patient react, and if she rules for the hospital, what will the young man do with his life? What will the parents do? Will her own new situation make her see her role any differently? Will she and her husband have second thoughts and find a way back to each other? Or will they become yet another case before the court?

Normally I like to give the entire plot away in my reviews. In this case, it would probably ruin it for you. You'll have to find out for yourself. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Mar 20, 2024 |
Family Drama
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Great story and great writing style. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
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Ian McEwan, master of obsession, fumbles with his latest, The Children Act
 
McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding in a way he hasn’t done so well since On Chesil Beach (2007).
tilføjet af Nickelini | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Sep 9, 2014)
 
Although thrillingly close to the child within us, McEwan nonetheless writes for, and about, the grown-ups. In a climate that breeds juvenile cynicism, we more than ever need his adult art.
tilføjet af Nickelini | Redigerthe Independent, Boyd Tonkin (Aug 26, 2014)
 

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"Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page"--

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