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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