In Between the Sheets has ratings and reviews. Michelle said: What a disappointment. It’s like McEwan (or his publisher) took all the outtakes. Entre las sábanas. Front Cover. Ian McEwan. Anagrama, – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for Entre las sábanas. Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot, England on June 21, He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Sussex and an M.A. in English.

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In an attempt to be more objective, I’d say this is not McEwan’s finest hour, though a couple of the stories are definitely worth reading. Apr 13, Bethany rated it liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. I personally found the book a bit predictable and other than the first story didn’t really enjoy it very much, but the subject matter nonetheless is taboo enough and described in such Hitchcockian detail that we are l I wonder if I am not as let down as others who wrote such venomous reviews because I have never read McEwan before?

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In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan

Certainly it suggests sexual activity of some kind between exotic creatures, perhaps from a distant land, another planet. What I mcewam about this is that the story is narrated by the perspective of the ape himself.

Quotes from In Between the Sh I never understand people who find McEwan’s early work disgusting, ‘shocking’ etc. He is reminiscing about his eight day sexual relationship with his owner. What the story does well is capture the psychotic character of Los Angeles.

I wonder if I am not as let down as others who wrote such venomous reviews because I have never read McEwan before? To me it feels like incompletely complete 4.

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As absurd as the premises of the stories were, McEwan manages to make them “believable” and yet intriguing through his description.


Whichever side of the coin, these tales squirm their way around perversion and madness, weaving down dark corridors into unexpected twists. Dec 23, Andrea rated it did not like it Shelves: Written from the point of view of a non-human, it is offbeat, fresh, and viciously funny as in the sentence note the usage of the second verb “Our first ‘time’ [ Reflections of a Kept Ape was, as the title suggests – about a pet ape, however, the interesting detail is that the story is told from the ape’s perspective.

The remaining savanas are challenging and uncomfortable but in a way that rewards the reader with a deeper understanding of McEwan’s writing and the characters themselves. In this short story collection, McEwan explores human relationships, the grotesque and the sensual lurking in the corners of our minds.

Entre LAS Sabanas

Quirky and experimental near-erotica by a young writer who would soon become a masterful novelist. Some of the would-be twists will make you roll your eyes. Feb 16, Dennis rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. The next piece, after which the whole collection is titled is endearingly strange and quite disturbing.

I think its post apocalyptic where there is no electricity or cars or no signals and the condition of humans are miserable. I guess I have a very different view from most people here. A man cheating on two nurses is about to find himself undergoing an impromptu castration, or worse, at the hands of the women he has deceived. Jul 30, Stephanie Sun rated it really liked it Shelves: In Between the Sheets was first published forty years ago, and for some reason is about the only book by Ian McEwan that I have not read.

The conclusion is totally hilarious and very painful to read, especially for men, I would imagine. Dec 31, Sam K G rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Psychoticexplosive and sensual writing style: I had forgotten how dark some of the early McEwan writing used to be, having become comfortable with his more recent novels.


View all 4 comments. Some of the endings left me completely hanging with no clue about what just happened. Such that it is tasteful and artistic, rather than how most romantic novels are “trashy” with those scenes. And in the course of a weekend with his teenage daughter, a guilt-ridden father discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence. Each of the “freaks and monsters” that populate McEwan’s England have a unsettling story to tell.

I knew it was early McEwan so I was hoping for something more along the lines of The Comfort of Strangers but these are more focused on the concept in each story than the relationship between the characters.

Both collections feature stories that are twisted and macabre, but while in First Love the macab In Between the Sheets is Ian McEwan’s second short story collection, after First Love, Last Rites – both published early in his career, mmcewan andand both containing very dark and disturbing literary experiments. I was surprised tha This one really should have been left in the laundry basket.

In Between the Sheets

Although not as bizarre as the FIrst Love collection, you can still marvel at the way his mind works and the multiple subjects and themes he considers. But that is okay, and if you don’t go in expecting something life-changing, then it is easy to find reward in these stories. The narrator details the dynamics of his love affair: Each of these stories pushes some kind of assumption, sex-related. I was pleasantly relieved that these stories still have the power to shock and surprise, even after forty years.