vineri, 30 aprilie 2010

"MULTIPLE FACES OF REALITY IN THE NOVEL 'BLACK DOGS' BY Ian McEwan"


I was searching for another good book to read and I found an article (which is written by a student in the University 'Lucian Blaga', Sibiu) about "Black Dogs" by Ian McEwan and it magnetized me from the beginning...
So this is what I'm talking about:
"What if you could see the world through the eyes of somebody else? That is what the postmodernist McEwan does at his best in his writings. One of his most valuable skills as a novelist is to show different faces of reality, according to different characters' perception of the events or even according to the same character's change of perception in time. What the reality is in fact and how the characters perceive it are different things. This difference leads to conflicts and misconceptions that affect in a deep manner the lives of the main characters."

Ian McEwan is one of the writers of the postmodern world who actually shocked
the reader. His concern with exploring various manifestations of violence-such as
sadomasochistic sex, incestuous relationship, dark and pathologic obsessions, crimes etc- in
his early works1 brought him the nickname Ian Macabre.
Although his concern for Gothic elements remained, McEwan has broadened his
area of interests, making his novel much more complex and believable and much less
pessimistic. It seems to me that the writer’s attitude towards his violent characters and
violence itself has changed: in his first novels the author seemed somewhat fascinated by
violence and the dark side of the human nature, being satisfied with just describing it in
details, while later McEwan stopped showing the fascination for the macabre and started to
investigate it as objective as he could.

The events in the Black Dogs (1992),
are set on the
background of the Berlin Wall. T
he events are seen through the eyes and memories of a narrator
embodied by Jeremy, a young man who, as an orphan having lost his parents at an early age,
confesses his fascination for other people’s parents.
The preface gets the reader acquainted
with Jeremy's background and introduces the main characters of the novel -the parents of
Jeremy's wife Jenny - June and Bernard Tremaine, who
met as members of the
Communist Party and fell in love with each other but eventually their personalities turned out
to be totally opposed.
She searches for the hidden truth of the universe while he believes there is no truth
that science cannot ultimately reveal to humanity.
The narrative of the novel does not proceed
chronologically but it seems to be centred around an incident in 1946, when June and Bernard
were in their honeymoon, in a village in France. One day, when they were out walking, June
let Bernard far behind her and was confronted by two ferocious black dogs, which had been
used by the Nazi to torture the prisoners during the war. Miraculously, June managed to
escape, but the incident had a deep impact on her later life. That horrifying moment turned out
to be some sort of spiritual awakening for her, a somewhat mystical experience which made
her rediscover her belief in God. Unfortunately, it also meant the beginning of the rupture between June and her husband.....

If this catched you attention than you should read it!
I think that the part about being a person who is spiritual and than suddenly finds out (unfortunatly because of a bad event) that the belief in God is not the way you thought, it is a well known truth that concerns everyone of us or that we asked ourselves about ... at last once.


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