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Uppdrag Sweet Tooth (2012)

av Ian McEwan

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London 1870-tal. Det kalla kriget är långt ifrån över och i efterdyningarna av den vänstervåg som svept över Europa efter 1968 behöver man en motbild. Den brittiska säkerhetstjänsten MI5 får som sin uppgift att driva Sweet Tooth, kodnamnet för e nförtäckt verksamhet som med generösa stipendier binder intet ont anande författare till sig i hopp om att de ska bidra till denna motbild. Serena Frome får som nybliven och oerfaren agent inom MI5 uppdraget att rekrytera den unge universitetsläraren och författarämnet Tom till Sweet Tooth. Men snart har Serena och Tom förälskat sig och allt eftersom deras kärlek djupnar ställs Serena inför dilemmat att avslöja vem hon verkligen är Uppdrag Sweet Tooth är en tät och mångbottnad berättelse om svek, politik, litteratur och kärlek. [Elib]… (mer)
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This was an audio book and if I had more knowledge of British post-WWII history, I would've liked it more. As it was much of the Cold War and IRA events flew past me. But there are books and spies, so that was a good mix. Serena Frume is coming of age in the early 70s, having earned a Maths degree at Cambridge and is recruited by her older lover/professor Tony for MI-5 - comparable to the CIA or some other secret organization. Despite her degree, her passion is literature and she is both a competent writer and insightful reader. Her task is to sign-on TH Hadley, upcoming novelist for a no-strings grant, that in many layers of secrecy does have strings - that are pulled by MI-5. The idea is to influence the arts in a anti-communist way, at least that was what I got out of it in my history deficit. Turns out the US had similar programs in place then too. Sounds like the 60s-80s was all covert operations. Serena, in her youth, beauty, and neediness, gets involved with an MI-5 co-worker which goes nowhere, then gets involved with Hadley himself which compromises her mission on some levels. The ending is worth hanging in for because it all blows up and open in quite a compelling way. But I definitely had to gloss over quite a lot of info that just had no traction or context for me. In reviewing Hadley's work there are some stories within stories that drew me back in and the beginning hints at the end, so I was determined to find out what happens. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan I've struggled with some of this guy's stuff.
 
I read Atonement and Saturday, both grey dreary books. I couldn't believe that anyone would make a movie of Atonment, it was so dreadful. I'm not talking about his writing because that is good, but the subject matter? Well, one won't carry the other, they both have to run the course if not together then at least not too far apart.If you ever seen those couples that are cycling long distance, loaded up with bags and the man is hundred of yards in front of the woman. Well, it's kinda like he writes about that distance between the two. When you see them riding like that you don't need a couple of chapters from the old testament telling you all about it. Well, I don't but obviously he does.It was therefore with some degree of preemptive disappointment that I started this book.It was a bit of a pot boiler in fact with mini skirts, sex and spies. All in all a bit of a lark really. I'm glad to see he is cheering up, this one is set in the 60's and 70's and I guess life was more colourful then.
 
With a supremely clever twist at the end, I bet he was good at school too.
 
It made me think of an Ian Dury song, "There ain't half been some clever bastards". ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
This, and Atonement, I just don't want to be in a man's brain pretending to be in a girl's or a woman's brain.
I enjoyed somewhat the "spying" parts of the story, the very le Carré insider's views and thinking. But the story itself, the writing, and especially the dull ending doesn't reflect much of an intellect. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
This was building nicely. It felt like a story of a woman becoming a counterintelligence agent in a less than supportive MI5 world. Yes she was sexual. Yes she was making mistakes but everything seemed to be going her way. Then the air is let out of the balloon and she appeared to be on the short end of the stick. Her control of the world was less than she thought and everything comes apart. Instead of this being her story it becomes his story. I liked it better the other way. Call me naive. Yes this way it's a better story. The arc is more interesting this way. It just left me unsatisfied that she didn't become the success everything was leading toward. Oh well. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Sep 8, 2020 |
I had a difficult time believing that Serena, so passionately in love with Tom, did not come clean to him. I also found Tom's trick at the end highly implausible. Just didn't ring true to me, too contrived. But I always enjoy reading McEwan's prose. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
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A satisfying spy novel with a literary twist provides both surprises and sly references to McEwan's early work
 
Ian McEwan has never been a spy (or, if he has, that fact remains classified), but of today's novelists he may be the most uniquely suited to the profession. He has a scientific, technical mind drawn to structural ploys and complicated scene engineering. . . . Mr. McEwan likes manipulating readers as much as plots. . . . Ultimately, like his bloodless previous novel, Solar (2010), there is little point to Sweet Tooth beyond Mr. McEwan's low-level authorial deceptions. . . . The book is soon overwhelmed by its own narrative ruse, which revealed in the final pages, is clever but not meaningful.
tillagd av sgump | ändraWall Street Journal, Sam Sacks (Nov 13, 2012)
 
In playing these mirror games, Mr. McEwan seems to want to make the reader think about the lines between life and art, and the similarities between spying and writing. He also seems to want to make us reconsider the assumptions we make when we read a work of fiction. As usual his prose is effortlessly seductive. And he does a nimble job too of conjuring London in the 1970s — with its economic woes, worries about I.R.A. bombings and uneasy assimilation of the countercultural changes of the ’60s. These aspects of “Sweet Tooth” keep the reader trucking on through the novel, but alas they’re insufficient compensation for the story’s self-conscious contrivance and foreseeable conclusion.
 
The combination of all these nose-tapping hints suggests to the alert reader that there’s something clever-clever coming along at the end, which makes it feel even more like a gimmick. I won’t spoil things if you’re going to read the book, but just remember that one of the central characters is a novelist. OK?
tillagd av TimFootman | ändraCultural Snow, Tim Footman (Sep 2, 2012)
 
But Sweet Tooth – which has been misleadingly hyped as a thriller – is a different kind of work altogether. It’s McEwan’s version of metafiction, his exploration of what it could mean to write a postmodern-realist novel for a wide (mainstream and literary) readership. It’s also rather biographical. . . . . but this novel could be seen as his way of reaching beyond the easy labels without abandoning the style his readers love. He’s intelligent, has popular and literary appeal, manages credibly and interestingly to include politics in his writing, and has a gift for making an enormous range of readers feel as though he is writing about them, about their own particular life of the mind. He observes the tiny tragedies of growing up and growing old with humour and insight.
 

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London 1870-tal. Det kalla kriget är långt ifrån över och i efterdyningarna av den vänstervåg som svept över Europa efter 1968 behöver man en motbild. Den brittiska säkerhetstjänsten MI5 får som sin uppgift att driva Sweet Tooth, kodnamnet för e nförtäckt verksamhet som med generösa stipendier binder intet ont anande författare till sig i hopp om att de ska bidra till denna motbild. Serena Frome får som nybliven och oerfaren agent inom MI5 uppdraget att rekrytera den unge universitetsläraren och författarämnet Tom till Sweet Tooth. Men snart har Serena och Tom förälskat sig och allt eftersom deras kärlek djupnar ställs Serena inför dilemmat att avslöja vem hon verkligen är Uppdrag Sweet Tooth är en tät och mångbottnad berättelse om svek, politik, litteratur och kärlek. [Elib]

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