Nutshell - Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

2016, 197 pages

A wonderful tale from an extraordinary author. Trudy betrays her husband John, publisher of poems, with his brother, Claude, a grasping property developer. The two of them plan to get rid of John, but there is a witness. The entire story is told from the point of view of this witness, an almost fully grown foetus. And this is no ordinary foetus as he has been listening to podcasts and already knows a great deal about the world he has not yet entered. Can the tiny narrator prevent this murder or find a way to avenge his father’s death?

McEwan’s novel is obviously based on ‘Hamlet’, but seen through the eyes of an unborn baby. Once you are willing to suspend your disbelief, an eloquently written and often funny story develops.