The Innocent

The Innocent

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"Leonard Marnham is assigned to a British-American surveillance team in Cold War Berlin. His intelligence work--tunneling under a Russian communications center to tap the phone lines to Moscow--offers him a welcome opportunity to begin shedding his own unwanted innocence, even if he is only a bit player in a grim international comedy of errors. Leonard's relationship with Maria Eckdorf, an enigmatic and beautiful West Berliner, likewise promises to loosen the bonds of his ordinary life. But the promise turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening--a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York, NY : Anchor Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780385494335
Call Number: MCEWAN
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Cold War -- Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) -- Fiction.


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Jul 31, 2018

When I started reading the first few chapters I was a little bored (not being an engineer) but then I really got engrossed in the story. It was interesting to read what life was likely like in post-war Berlin.

andreas1111 Jul 05, 2013

I liked this as much as every other Ian McEwan book I have read. The premise of how the relationship starts seems a bit unbelievable, but other than that I thought the characters were great.

Jan 29, 2010

An absorbing, often tense novel with Operation Gold?the tapping of Soviet lines in Berlin?as the backdrop. Approached with McEwan's characteristic attention to the awkward details of human interaction. Essential reading if you need to dismember a corpse.


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