Title: BLACK DOGS - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1992
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 149 pages. Published in 1992. The author's fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ian McEwan's "Black Dogs". His fifth novel, and one of his finest achievements. "The narrator of McEwan's novel is fascinated with other people's parents, particularly his remarkable in-laws, indissolubly linked yet estranged and combative. A man of reason, Bernard Tremaine cannot understand why his wife, June, rejected political activism for spiritual quest after an encounter with evil in the form of two fierce black dogs. McEwan does not so much tell their story as the story of the son-in-law's efforts to understand them better by writing about them. Though Bernard and June represent diametrically opposed ways of looking at the world (two views beautifully and succinctly captured by McEwan), they are not mere vessels of thought but lively, distinctive characters in their own right. As the narrator returns to the French countryside where June fatefully encountered the dogs, the deceptively simple buildup makes her brush with violence all the more shocking. A novel of ideas with the hard edge of a thriller" (Barbara Hoffert). The encounter with the dogs is described in chilling detail by McEwan, and recalls Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of The Baskervilles". An absolute "must-have" title for Ian McEwan collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 and the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 022403572X. Bookseller Inventory # 16333
Synopsis: In 1946, a young couple set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they plan an idyllic holiday, only to encounter an experience of darkness so terrifying it alters their lives forever. In this highly praised national bestseller, Ian McEwan has written his most humane and compelling novel to date.
About the Author: Ian McEwan is the award-winning author of two collections of short stories and four novels. He lives in Oxford, England.
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