The Rogue (Rothvale Legacy Historical Romance, yLilting andante walking pace a rare marking in Bach a beautiful carefree air over a strolling bass her own steps falling in with the unearthly lighthearted melody as she went by Great Hall The notes strained at some clear human meaning but they meant nothing at all Just loveliness purified Or love in its vaguest largest form for all people indiscriminately I loved how McEwan takes an already engaging story and adds an interesting element that makes it extraordinary despite its brevity His sophisticated prose only leaves us wanting The melancholy tune and the manner in which it was played so hopeful so raw expressed everything she was beginning to understand about the boy She knew by heart the poet s words of regret But I beingoung and foolish Hearing Adam play stirred her even as it battled her To take up the violin or any instrument was an act of hope it implied a future As we read on we discover how Fiona s decisions will come to haunt her as the novel approaches its ending when she discovers that she still can count on her husband to support her A powerful poetic and stunningly realistic novel Everyone knew the urge to run from the world few dared do it She listened gravely or appeared to and gave short responses and nods She felt like a hospital patient who longs for her kindly visitor to leave so she can resume being ill The fire took and Jack noticing that she was shivering guided her toward it and there he poured the rest of her champagne Wistful and tragic et inspiring and hopeful I found The Children Act outstanding and simply loved it Highly recommended The Children Act by Ian McEwan My seventh McEwan Enduring Love Nutshell Amsterdam Saturday On Chesil Beach and AtonementThis one strikes me as a bit different from the others almost like a legal thriller akin to a John Grisham although I don t mean to imply that Grisham s popular writing style is like McEwan s literary styleThe main character is a woman at the peak of her career as a British family court judge she is called My Lady In the acknowledgements the author cites his research on the subject and those who helped him She deals with issues such as a dispute between a devout Jewish husband and wife where the husband does not want further education for their two daughters but the wife wants them to get a liberal college education Or child custody cases some spirited away to North African countries Adding to the pressure of her decisions the London newspapers often carry news of the cases and her rulings Some decisions involve life and death such as Siamese twins that will both die unless the weaker one is sacrificed for the stronger The main story involves a oung man just shy of 18 who will die because he is refusing a blood transfusion for leukemia due his religious beliefs as a Jehovah s Witness view spoiler She rules that he can be forced to have the transfusion and the boy initially recovers But after she interviews him in the hospital he falls in love with her and stalks her Eventually the case results in tragedy hide spoiler Perhaps it s best I read The Children Act in the space of a day curled on my sofa Otherwise I might have been spied in my favorite cafe purring like a contented cat stroked by the sublimity of Ian McEwan s prose Words adore Ian McEwan submitting readily to his firm but empathetic hand They are sleek and gorgeous dancers to his choreography alone the words are admirable but under his direction they assume nuance and strength His works never fail to take my breath away It is a comfort to know regardless of the story I am about to witness that I will be treated with the utmost respect by an author who assumes I revere language and composition as much as he does It is because of writers like Ian McEwan that I have come to cherish the art of writingBut even the most skilled and erudite writing cannot save a flawed story Fortunately this author takes his craft as seriously as his art In the vein of Saturday The Children Act imposes an ethical dilemma on a member of the elite caste of British society and places its protagonist in crisis In this most recent of McEwan s thirteen novels Fiona Maye a High Court judge in Britain s Family Division hears a case of a Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, young Jehovah s Witness with leukemia whose parents refuse to allow a critical medical procedure His religion forbids blood transfusions and the hospital has appealed to the High Court to force the treatment on the dying patient Time is running out Fiona or My Lady as she is addressed in court has only a few days to hear the case and render her decision before it is too late to save theoung man s lifeComplicating an already impossible situation is Adam the patient He is nearly the age of consent just a few months shy of his eighteenth birthday and his objection to the transfusion is as strong as his parents There is legal precedent to allowing a older minor to make life or death decisions about his care and the judge must decide if Adam is fully aware of the conseuences of his choice His death will be agonizing or in the unlikely event he lives his future will be a half life spent in blindness and compromised mental capacity Standing against her is a sheltered faith of dubious theological framework and the right to determine one s own destiny The control and theological framework and the right to determine one s own Destiny The Control And The control and which Fiona Maye handles her cases belies the mess of her life at home At the start of this slim novel her husband Jack a university professor announces he would like to have an affair and hopes she ll understand his need to assert his sexuality in the waning light of his life Fiona and Jack have been married for thirty ears and although they have no children their life is enriched with the freuent presence of nieces and nephews McEwan brings to the page a paradox that fascinates me how many can be in such supreme command of their professional lives et find themselves mired in disaster at home But this is where The Children Act stumbles and strains for me Jack offers as defense for the necessity of his fling the fact that he and Fiona have not had sex for seven weeks and one day a period during which Fiona was trying an exceptionally draining and emotional case As she ruminates about their marriage Fiona recalls an active and passionate sex life As sensitive and starkly real a portrayal of new marriage as McEwan rendered in On Chesil Beach I found myself disbelieving the mature marriage in The Children Act I couldn t determine if the author expects us to believe a man would pursue an affair after a brief dry season and that he would want his wife to accept to an open marriage a marriage that had heretofore known great sex But later as Fiona and Jack find their way back to each other the tiny tender moments of frail solidarity seep in and mostly redeem the incredulous bitsThe troubled marriage plays in the background It is the case of Adam and his faith that allows us to enter Fiona s intellect and to battle with our own ethical and moral demons Fiona s internalized anguish over her own childlessness adds poignancy to her strength on
THE BENCH OF FAMILY COURT SHE DETERMINES THE FATE bench of family court She determines the fate so many children The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce yet Fate has determined that she will have none of her own In this era of doorstop novels those giant bloated affairs that become the darlings of the literati and of mees I have loved many a 500 hundred plus pager in recent months it is a gift to read a rich complete thoughtful novel that combines meticulous research with exciting imagination in a mere 221 pages The Children Act isn t perfect and what a relief that it isn t right But it s vital full of emotion and so beautifully written it made me pur. N erba diciassette anni e nove mesi troppo pochi per decidere autonomamente della propria vita o della propria morte Adam è affetto da una forma aggressiva di leucemia che richiede trattamento immediato I genitori del ragazzo e il minore stesso Testimoni di Geova si oppongono alla trasfusione di sangue che lo salverebbe Del suo futuro deve decidere la corte il giudice Maye che in deroga all'ortodossia sceglie di stabilire un contatto diretto E incontrando il ragazzo reale che si cela dietro il nome Adam Henry scopre un essere sul ciglio dell'abisso e però sorprendentemente appassionato della vita.
realized Ian McEwan s The Children Act would conuer me This novel isIan McEwan s The Children Act would conuer me This novel is character study than a simple courtroom drama as it deals with marriage religion and life choices The story centers on the family court Judge Fiona Maye as she faces a crisis in her marriage uestions her life choices and stumbles practically on the edge of both her personal and professional life Her judgment must be ready for printing by tomorrow s deadline she must work Her personal life was nothing Or should have been Her attention remained divided between the page in her hand and fifty feet away the closed bedroom door While dealing with the demons in her relationship with her husband Fiona has to decide a life and death case involving a seventeen ear old Jehovah s Witness boy in need of a blood transfusion to treat his leukemia I liked the characters and felt that McEwan developed then fully for such a short story From the start I felt a strong affinity with Fiona and could understand her life dilemmas A whole person emerges through McEwan prose flawed like most of us and I could not help but empathize with her His exuisite narrative the details of the court cases and its musical references and metaphors only added to make this a refined and earnest reading Over the drumming of raindrops on her umbrella she heard the. Nzione di «poter restituire ragionevolezza a situazioni senza speranza» I casi su cui è chiamata a pronunciarsi popolano i giorni e ossessionano le notti di Fiona calcandone la coscienza Forse la rendono più sfuggente distratta Sarà dunue a uesto che si deve l'oltraggiosa richiesta di suo marito Jack «Ho bisogno di una bella storia passionale» un «ultimo giro» extraconiugale con la ventottenne Melanie esperta di statistica Umiliata ferita «abbandonata agli albori della vecchiaia» Fiona cerca rifugio come d'abitudine nel caso successivo È uello di Adam Henry violinista dilettante poeta I have to stop reading McEwan s books because I never enjoy them There s something clinical removed about the way he tells his stories I don t get the sense that he likes human beings and he is writing about them to display his proficiency with structure and nuance rather than out of interest or sympathy This is probably a three star book but a two star experience THE CHILDREN ACT is about the law and sensational cases but it is not a legal thriller Rather it is a beautiful and sad story of a High Court Judge forced to choose literally between life and death Her ruling though proper and legally sound leads to both I m embarrassed to say that before The Children Act I was a McEwan virgin But now I ve turned into a McEwan slut anxious to read his earlier books I can t help myself What a great writerThis is the story of Fiona a highly respected judge who presides over family court She has to make hard decisions that determine the fate of families She doesn t seem to uestion her power or choices until her husband rocks her world and wants her to approve his plan to have an affair Fiona the ever rational and confident decision maker suddenly has to examine her life and uestion what she is doing now and what she should do in the futureThe book starts with Fiona and her husband having a restrained argument though underneath the cool fa ade Fiona is steaming She s passive aggressive and she doesn t communicate her feelings Her husband acts like a jackassI was immediately drawn into their lives and was pissed when You could argue that the character at the heart of this novel is dangerously close to being a misogynistic clich the career woman who deep freezes her feelings in order to succeed professionally Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in her late fifties At the beginning of the novel her husband maddened by his wife s sexual detachment leaves to embark on an affair with a much ounger woman It s easy to forget every judge has a personal life and that her professional life will have repercussions on her private life and vice versa On any given day during any given case who knows what private torments the judge is undergoing and which may easily affect her judgement McEwan examines what happens when the closed door between the professional and private swings open The case she has to try after her husband s defection involves a 17 Der Fall von Madrid year old boy who has leukemia and reuires immediate treatment but he has been brought up as a Jehovah s Witness and the religion forbids the transfusion of blood His family and the hospital are thus at loggerheads To be honest there s never much doubt on whose side Fiona will come out as McEwan one of the most doggedly rational novelists out there has a hard job concealing his scorn for Jehovah s Witnesses despite protesting otherwise with a passage like this Religions moral systems her own included were like peaks in a dense mountain range seen from a great distance none obviously higher important truer than another We all though love a good court drama and this was easily the most compelling part of the novel However once the court case is decided the novel fell flat on its face for me There s very little if any lived life in this novel The novel rarely comes alive as anything but a succession of ideas tailored together into a kind of fable And everything that happens after the sentence felt wooden and forced The subplot involving Fiona and her husband always seemed like an underpainting and never really acuired body At times implausible so much left unsaid that it was like watching two people with the sound turned off It s a short novel but even so it felt padded out with a lot of unnecessary detail In fact the I think about it the critical and disappointed I become Poor show from the man who wrote Atonement Don t let the fact that this is a pretty short novel deceiveou into thinking that there is not much substance here When I finished reading this book I couldn t stop thinking about the enormous power that Family Court judges have over the lives of so many oung children whose families are in crisis and then even
"If The Decision Seems Right "the decision seems right happens to these children afterwards Fiona Maye a High Court Judge in the Family Division of the Courts in England and this could be anywhere has had to make many decisions in the course of her career that impact the lives of children We learn of some of the thought provoking cases that she has ruled on a custody battle over two Jewish sisters whose divorcing parents are at odds over whether or not their daughters should be brought up in the strict orthodox Jewish tradition the case of conjoined twins and whether to save one or let them both die I was completely fascinated with the description of the laws and then the reasoning behind her decisions Although I felt that her decisions were clear and reasonable the important thing was that they really seemed to be looking out for the best interest of the children The case that is at the heart of this novel involves 17 ear old Adam Henry who has leukemia and his Jehovah Witness parents refuse to allow him a blood transfusion that will save his life Adam s story and Fiona s ultimate decision the relationship that they develop and what happens to Adam captivated my attention such that I couldn t put this book downFiona herself is going through a crisis in her marriage and has some decisions to make about herself and her own life Whether she believes it or not the court decisions have affected her life and her marriage I have to admit that I was not shocked at the ending but none the less impacted by it This is a must read for anyone who appreciates the intelligent cohesive writing of Ian McEwan Do Lincs Retribution (Brothers of Devils Comfort MC, you like to people watchYou know what I mean just sit somewhere in a busy place and watch people bustle past in all their colourful weirdness It s a habit I ve acuired with age Sometimes I think back to being a teenager and remember how I always wondered if I was strange in some way I guess a lot of teens wonder that same uestion am I normal I wonder had I taken the time to people watch back then if I would have felt so lost and strange I don t see how I could have People are all damn weird creatures and they re really not very good at hiding itI m saying this because The Children Act feels like people watching Some books are easy to sell to other readers because I can promiseou dragons and magic heart stopping action and romance that will steal The Contrived Senator (Legends in Time, Book 1) (Legends in Time, Book 1) your heart straight fromour chest This is not that kind of book It s not even easy to put into words what this book is about But it was for me nothing short of fascinatingThe main plot follows the life of an aging judge called Fiona whose husband has just announced that he wants to have one last passionate love affair with a His Secret Baby 5 younger woman before they can both settle into old age He seems to believe she will be okay and accept the situation because of his openness and honesty He is not surprisingly wrongI guess this book is what people tend to call a character study but that sounds so boring right Like somethingou d be set for a college assignment leave until the last minute and rush out in a mediocre essay possibly while drunk It isn t Fiona s tale may be a uiet journey through the inner workings of someone s life job and marriage but it is also an extremely interesting portrait of a woman who continues to but it is also an extremely interesting portrait of a woman who continues to through the motions of her everyday life while her private life may be falling apart Fiona and the reader finds herself emotionally pulled inside the case of a boy who is a Jehovah s Witness and wants to be allowed to refuse medical treatment Because he «Divino distacco diabolica perspicacia» così si mormora negli ambienti giudiziari londinesi a proposito di Fiona Maye giudice dell'Alta Corte britannica in servizio presso la litigiosa Sezione Famiglia Sposata da trentacinue anni con lo stesso uomo e senza figli il giudice Maye ha dedicato tutta la sua carriera alla composizione di dissidi sanguinosi spesso giocati nella carne di chi un tempo si è amato Battaglie feroci per l'affidamento di figli non più condivisi baruffe patrimoniali esplosioni d'irrazionalità cui il giudice Maye oppone un paziente esercizio di misura e sobrietà nella convi.