“The Innocent” by Ian McEwan


The Innocent

Leonard Marnham is an innocent abroad in 1950s Berlin. An engineer with the post office he is sent to Berlin to work on an operation with the Americans to listen into the Russian phone lines.

Leonard is 25, and has never had a girlfriend but begins a relationship with an older German divorcee charmed by his innocence. But she has a violent alcoholic ex-husband, who Leonard imagines getting rid of by various scenarios.

The setting is the Cold War and the dawn of the Rock n Roll era, the politics is more focused on the friction between allies: the Brits and the Yanks than between the Allies and the Russians.

There is humour and some macabre scenes. The couple dance to the latest Little Richard records, but Otto, the ex is looming in the background and his eventual encounter with Leonard won’t be pretty.

My rating : 4 out of 5




About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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