While the choice of an incipient person as narrator might seem to offer a severely limited perspective on human concerns, due to his having had none yet, this is no ordinary fetus. He uses words like "philatelist," "non-chordate," "penumbra." He proves himself an astute critic of poetry with a taste for scansion. He knows both his Latin and his wine (owing to a fifteen-part podcast on the subject listened to by his sleepless mother, not to mention the vintages she and he, by extension, ingest in quantity). He also ponders how to derail the murder plot he has been made to overhear. All in all, a canny egg.
Written by : Ian McEwan
Edited by : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN : 9780385542074
Published : 09/13/2016