Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Anchor (1994), Paperback, 160 pages

Very disturbing book. A set of children are orphaned when their parents die in quick succession of each other. Before she dies, their mother tells them not to let Social Services know that they're staying by themselves, because they will be separated and placed in foster homes. To keep the mother's death a secret, the two oldest children, a girl and a boy bury her in their garden, cementing over her grave with a bag of cement their father had bought. The dysfunctional family ends up in a tremendously sick incestuous relationship.

I was unable to get the sick feeling left by this book out of my head for days.

(Review crossposted on LibraryThing)

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