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Download Sweet Tooth mobi ï 320 pages Û In this stunning new novel Ian McEwan's first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5 The year is 1972 The Cold War is far from over England's legendary inteNcy is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government The operation is code named Sweet Tooth Serena a compulsive reader of novels is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley At first The opening paragraph of Sweet Tooth reveals the story's end which is a tidy way of compelling you dear reader to focus on the important parts the middle and such You know it ends badly so you can't possibly be disappointed; therefore don't worry about itBut then you remember that you are reading Ian McEwan master of unreliable narrators and oft tricksy endings and you wonder am I being told the truth of the ending as it is or the truth as the narrator would have me see it? And suddenly you are on edge tense looking for clues Oh Ian you clever clever manThe plot is playful a young co ed Serene Frome rhymes with Plume flops a bit in her maths degree and flounders after graduating Cambridge in 1972 Although well bred and well read Serena's ambitions are limited But she is recruited by way of an affair with a retread professor into the secretarial pool of MI5 Seeing her pliability borne of boredom and upper middle class ease her superiors envelope her in an undercover operation code named Sweet Tooth Sweet Tooth is a cultural op its mission is to identify and promote British writers who demonstrate anti Communist philosophies The writers are led to believe a literary foundation is behind the generous financial support and their only responsibility is to write away honing their brilliance Serena's assignment is to recruit a young writer and English professor Tom Haley into the scheme It's not such a difficult mission as it's hard to imagine any struggling writer turning down a pot of cash from a well known foundation which has just stroked his ego until he is as content as a cat with a bowl of cream But Serena manages to muck things up royally by falling in love with her target Sweet Tooth isn't really a Cold War cloaks and codes thriller as much as its pretty and pretty vacant heroine would love it to be she's a simple girl who just wants to have fun Or if she can't have that she'd be happy curling up in her dreary bedsit with a novel Jacueline Susann is just as good if not better than Jane Austen thank you very much It's a slowly unraveling set piece chock full of deceptive aplomb in which everything turns to custard with surreal gleeUnfortunately there are all sorts of draggy parts in the middle But don't you dare skim because you'll miss the clues that'll catch you in a cross double cross that I dare not spoil here And lots of author self indulgence as McEwan weaves in snippets of his short stories and real life characters from his early career; it's a satirical rewriting of the author's own history The short stories within the story are terrific and the spy agency funded rise and hilariously ironic fall of a writer based on a true story is fascinatingHang out with the fact that Serena stops sounding like a young woman coming of age in the early 1970s and starts sounding the way a man would imagine a young woman would think and behave; McEwan is particularly adept at writing women and I couldn't uite accept a failure here Blue's Clues File away as interesting asides but let off the hook the red herrings of the IRA and Russian double agents and jilted MI5 bureaucrats They won't get you anywhere And sad is the case of Tony Canning one of the most interesting subplots the one that could have turned this book from writer's folly into legit thriller his story dead ends with nothing but a nosebleed to show for all the troubleI'm euivocating I can't uite commit to saying that I think Sweet Tooth is a great book I found it a bit too smug to buy a theme of the power of literature as some reviews have claimed there was too much stifled laughter and indulgent sweet tooth ness for something so grand It also wasn't that great of a thriller which it doesn't pretend to be but again other reviews have found a John Le Carre note that I can't carry But it is terrifically entertaining all plummy accents and witty repartee that make Americans swoon in eual measure for Downton Abbey and 007 and McEwan's fine fine writing is irresistible And then there is that Absolutely Fabulous ending Enjoy Sweet Tooth Seriously Don't read heaps into it just enjoy the read

Sweet ToothNcy is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government The operation is code named Sweet Tooth Serena a compulsive reader of novels is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley At first The opening paragraph of Sweet Tooth reveals the story's end which is a tidy way of compelling you dear reader to focus on the important parts the middle and such You know it ends badly so you can't possibly be disappointed; therefore don't worry about itBut then you remember that you are reading Ian McEwan master of unreliable narrators and oft tricksy endings and you wonder am I being told the truth of the ending as it is or the truth as the narrator would have me see it? And suddenly you are on edge tense looking for clues Oh Ian you clever clever manThe plot is playful a young co ed Serene Frome rhymes with Plume flops a bit in her maths degree and flounders after graduating Cambridge in 1972 Although well bred and well read Serena's ambitions are limited But she is recruited by way of an affair with a retread professor into the secretarial pool of MI5 Seeing her pliability borne of boredom and upper middle class ease her superiors envelope her in an undercover operation code named Sweet Tooth Sweet Tooth is a cultural op its mission is to identify and promote British writers who demonstrate anti Communist philosophies The writers are led to believe a literary foundation is behind the generous financial support and their only responsibility is to write away honing their brilliance Serena's assignment is to recruit a young writer and English professor Tom Haley into the scheme It's not such a difficult mission as it's hard to imagine any struggling writer turning down a pot of cash from a well known foundation which has just stroked his ego until he is as content as a cat with a bowl of cream But Serena manages to muck things up royally by falling in love with her target Sweet Tooth isn't really a Cold War cloaks and codes thriller as much as its pretty and pretty vacant heroine would love it to be she's a simple girl who just wants to have fun Or if she can't have that she'd be happy curling up in her dreary bedsit with a novel Jacueline Susann is just as good if not better than Jane Austen thank you very much It's a slowly unraveling set piece chock full of deceptive aplomb in which everything turns to custard with surreal gleeUnfortunately there are all sorts of draggy parts in the middle But don't you dare skim because you'll miss the clues that'll catch you in a cross double cross that I dare not spoil here And lots of author self indulgence as McEwan weaves in snippets of his short stories and real life characters from his early career; it's a satirical rewriting of the author's own history The short stories within the story are terrific and the spy agency funded rise and hilariously ironic fall of a writer based on a true story is fascinatingHang out with the fact that Serena stops sounding like a young woman coming of age in the early 1970s and starts sounding the way a man would imagine a young woman would think and behave; McEwan is particularly adept at writing women and I couldn't uite accept a failure here Blue's Clues File away as interesting asides but let off the hook the red herrings of the IRA and Russian double agents and jilted MI5 bureaucrats They won't get you anywhere And sad is the case of Tony Canning one of the most interesting subplots the one that could have turned this book from writer's folly into legit thriller his story dead ends with nothing but a nosebleed to show for all the troubleI'm euivocating I can't uite commit to saying that I think Sweet Tooth is a great book I found it a bit too smug to buy a theme of the power of literature as some reviews have claimed there was too much stifled laughter and indulgent sweet tooth ness for something so grand It also wasn't that great of a thriller which it doesn't pretend to be but again other reviews have found a John Le Carre note that I can't carry But it is terrifically entertaining all plummy accents and witty repartee that make Americans swoon in eual measure for Downton Abbey and 007 and McEwan's fine fine writing is irresistible And then there is that Absolutely Fabulous ending Enjoy Sweet Tooth Seriously Don't read heaps into it just enjoy the read

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Sweet Tooth ¶ In this stunning new novel Ian McEwan's first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5 The year is 1972 The Cold War is far from over England's legendary intelligence age What a disappointment the vivid passions that animate Atonement even its trick which in retrospect seems too similar have become cramped cleverness just as perhaps the heroic World War II London of Atonement becomes the gray decline of the early 70s London of Sweet Tooth To sum it up I was very disappointed There is a lot of erudition on show here about the Cold War about the history of British intelligence and especially always about books and literature But to what end? Even when you know exactly how the fix is in and every belief you might still have in reading and narrative has been soundly mocked just as its resolutely atheist dedicee Chris Hitchens might have mocked belief in other realms your first reaction is not a salute to the wry mindgames McEwan is playing or to the still virtually unmatched writerly artistry and skill with which he has brought you there but a yawn a really? a sigh of disappointment that all that adroit artistry has been deployed in much ado about nothing At the end of the day this is not a spy novel at all the spy part is so flimsy it almost can't bear the weight it's meant to carry you need to suspend disbelief and even on McEwen's terms it's important that you credit her work a little bit to see what Serena's doing as undercoverspyingintelligence workduplicitous at all instead it's a love story but not a romantic one for the simple reason that Serena isn't really very interesting We learned at the end a little bit about why we see her the way we do but as portrayed she isn't really any good at anything except being beautiful and getting very involved with various men most of whom she meets in professional settings She's a math major who is terrible at her math studies she's a passionate reader who likes pulp fiction and women writers really McEwan throws in that she likes Drabble and Byatt in addition to romance novels uite a dig given that she's such a bad reader eschewing the intellectuals of the day Gaddis Borges because she only likes books that reflect real life back to her In short she's a terrible reader and that's much of the point of the book she misreads every situation she's in always thinking things are going on that aren't and missing what is actually going on She intentionally? screws up her job which she has no aptitude for by developing not one but two on the job romantic entanglements She's a pretty bad friend an unempathetic sister and a fairly absent daughter But she's super hot we're given to understand All these traits are in service of McEwan's master plan but they don't make it much fun to spend 300 odd pages with her as our ostensible guide she's kind of a snooze As for the eventual hero of the piece the most fun McEwan has all book is making up short stories for our fictional writer to have written twist endings and moral deviance lots of clues for the attentive reader unlike Serenato dig into While is is fun in doses the recaps and uotes of his writing drag after a bitIn short by the time it all ends with of a small firecracker than a big bang you are mostly relieved to be finished doc ↠ Sweet Tooth ↠ Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan ↠ Sweet Tooth book She loves his stories Then she begins to love the man How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that uestion Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage trust no one Once again Ian McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue love and the invented se My introduction to the fiction of Ian McEwan is Sweet Tooth the author's 2012 literary thriller that aroused my senses like spying on an attractive woman in a London used bookstore might while on a diplomatic mission of course Rather than run wild with the fantastical elements of espionage with ninjas neurotoxins or nightclubs this is an atmospheric document of our narrator's affairs with the professional careening into the sexual and literature directing her fate The novel is a book lover's delight and a voyeur's as well with McEwan orchestrating and playing the reader with information in a way I found exhilarating The story is the account of Serena Frome who announces that her eighteen month post collegiate career with the British Security Service ended in her disgrace her lover's ruin and her sacking The eldest of two daughters of an Anglican bishop Serena leaves her hometown of Camden in 1969 for Newnham College in Cambridge where her mother convinces Serena to shelve her love of literature for a higher calling a feminist calling pursuing a first in mathematics which Serena tests extremely well in Losing her virginity her first term she eventually settles on an intimately aloof historian named Jeremy Mott as a boyfriendSerena gains popularity writing punchy book reviews for a startup magazine She has less success penetrating her boyfriend's anxiety toward her and when her articles take on a somber anticommunist slant she loses the gig Jeremy introduces Serena to his tutor Tony Canning who's in his mid fifties and nearly the age of Serena's father Finding him good looking and charming she throws herself into an affair with the married professor When Jeremy moves to Edinburgh and notifies Serena that he's in love with a man she spends her post graduate summer with Canning at his cottage in Suffolk Canning takes charge of her education emphasizing history and current events That year 1972 was just the beginning When I started reading the paper the three day week the next power cuts the government's fifth state of emergency were not so far ahead of us I believed what I read but it seemed remote Cambridge looked much the same and so did the woods around the Cannings' cottage Despite my history lessons I felt I had no stake in the nation's fate I owned one suitcase of clothes fewer than fifty books some childhood things in my bedroom at home I had a lover who adored me and cooked for me and never threatened to leave his wife I had one obligation a job interview weeks away I was freeTelling her parents she's considering the Civil Service Serena is being groomed by Canning for an interview with the Security Service MI5 where he has contacts Though her affair implodes in September Serena goes through with her interviews in London Offered the position of junior assistant officer Serena intends to reject it Her masochism at being rejected by Canning and her need for a higher purpose compel her to take the job In the early months of 1973 Serena makes friends with a caustic fellow clerical officer named Shirley Shilling A postcard from Jeremy notifies her that view spoilerTony Canning has succumbed to cancer and died hide spoiler