The Innocent by Ian McEwan

The Innocent

Ian McEwan

288 pages first pub 1990 (editions)

fiction historical reflective slow-paced


A member of a British-American surveillance team in Cold War Berlin finds himself in too deep in this masterful work from the author of Atonement. Twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham's intelligence work--tunneling under a Russian communications c...

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Community Reviews Summary of 442 reviews


dark 66%
reflective 66%
mysterious 41%
tense 41%
sad 25%
challenging 16%
emotional 16%
adventurous 8%


slow 46%
medium 46%
fast 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 55% | A mix: 44%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 60% | Yes: 40%

Loveable characters?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 90% | N/A: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

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