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sweet toothOn Monday, November 4th, the Booked for the Day Book Group met to discuss the book Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Here are a few of the comments made during the meeting:

Only one person in the group loved the book. All the other members thought that it was hard to get through and even though they liked the last chapter, they did not think that it was worth reading the entire book to get to.

No one thought that this was truly a spy novel. There was nothing life-threatening or dangerous about the book even though the element of surprise and the fear of the unexpected are both there for the reader.

The majority of the group did not like reading the three short stories that were embedded in the novel. They thought it was confusing and did not add to the storyline.

We talked about the differences between MI5 and MI6.

None of the group thought they would have liked the story better if it had less romance and more intrigue.

The group thought that the men in Serena’s life were poorly portrayed. Jeremy deceiving Serena in regards to his sexuality, Tony as an older man trying to form Serena’s believes, and Max who lead Serena on by not telling her that he was engaged. One member thought that could have been because she felt that Tom was telling the story and not Serena. If she was telling the story they may have come across differently.

Also no one thought that Serena was a likeable character. Again one member thought that may have been because Tom was telling the story and that he was feeling betrayed and hurt by Serena and may have been looking for a bit of revenge in describing her.

We were all disappointed in Tony’s ending. The blood on the mattress had us all wondering what really happened to him and then to find out he just had a bloody nose was anti-climactic. But again it could have been Max’s story that was changed as a cover-up to what really happened.

We talked about whether Serena ended up with Tom in the end. One member thought that she did end up with Tom otherwise the novel would have been destroyed and never published.

All of the group thought that Max would do something to destroy Serena and Tom’s relationship.

We talked about Shirley and most of us liked her but was unsure of why she was fired and if Serena ended up working for her.

One member wondered if perhaps this was a true story. The group thought it could have been but for several reasons it could not have been published as such.

We also hoped that Serena’s father was passed away when this book was published because it made it appear that Serena slept with everyone she came across. But again this could have been because of who was really telling the story.

We also talked about the fact that the film rights to this book was sold so it could possibly be made into a movie. Some of us thought that it will have to be re-written but would be willing to see it if it came out as a film.

We ended the meeting with high hopes for our next book. These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.


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sweet toothJoin us to discuss…

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Monday, November 4th
11:00 am
Meeting Room B

In this stunning novel, Ian McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.

Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

Once again, Ian McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self. (review courtesy of goodreads.com)

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Listen to the NPR interview with Ian McEwan, ‘Sweet Tooth’ Pits Spy Vs. Scribe.

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Ian McEwan talks about writing and researching his novel Sweet Tooth.

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