The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

June 21, 2017

June 21, 1948

Ian McEwan, (June 21 1948) British novelist, has had many of his novels made into films. Atonement (2001), is a much praised example. In it Lola has green eyes which in one case, "narrowed like a cat's." Atonement was released as a film in 2006.

Fortunately, for those of us who are sensitive to cat cliches which don't even make sense, we
quote this description of "a world where  normal rules apply," as for instance in which "you can't get inside of a cat's fur...." This last from  The Daydreamer, (1994), has a freshness appropriate for the youthful hero.

A New Yorker article characterizes this novelist as having "an 'Augustan spirit,' one nourished equally by the poems of Philip Larkin and by the papers in Nature." There we learn that the McEwans have a country house: "a renovated seventeenth-century brick-and-flint cottage, in Buckinghamshire."

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