A ‘whole-life’ novel from Ian McEwan. The first I read of this genre (if you can call it that) was Any Human Heart by William Boyd and remains my favourite novel. Try as I may, it is difficult not to compare Lessons to the standard in my mind. 

Unsurprisingly it doesn’t measure up but that doesn’t mean Lessons is not a good book. It’s a reflective and poignant read, with reflections on the passing of time, the values we each hold within our life and the ways in which these change and warp as time passes. I can’t quite get on board with McEwan’s writing style but that may be personal preference. Where Boyd makes every sentence count, meaning his story flows and moves at pace, McEwan is  less concise and at times, dare I say it, relatively rambling. This does create passages in which I found myself a little bored. That said, it is still emotive an emotive read at points and drives introspection, all of which means it is still definitely worth a read. 

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