Ok, secret time: I don’t like Ian McEwan. I don’t like him so much, I can’t even imagine how somehow could possibly like him. Not Saturday. Not Atonement. Not anything else he’s written because I won’t try it.
This leads to problems because a lot of my friends really do like him. I once got into a big fight over the internal logic of Saturday. While I still believe that McEwan doesn’t take a stand on the whole art versus science thing and his main character is a man-brat, I’ll concede that McEwan has accomplished something. He’s created a fictional world that facilities real debate.