I just learned from the Guardian that Ian McEwan's next novel will be released in 2010. To any McEwan fan, this can mean an agonizing wait. We seldom get our McEwan fix, since the man is anything but prolific. But the wait is worth it; every novel is very satisfying.
When you read a McEwan novel, you never know what's in store for you. All you are sure of is one thing -- that something bad is going to happen. The couple you meet in your holiday in Venice can be into sadism; children bury their parents in their garden; two distinguished men poison each other unknowingly; a couple's sexual incompatibility results in an unhappy end.
A lot of fans have been disappointed with the big screen adaptation of Atonement, the novel many people consider as McEwan's best. I think the movie did try to remain faithful to the novel, and regardless whether it's an adaptation or not, it's one amazing piece of cinematic storytelling.
Other McEwan novels adapted into movies are The Comfort of Strangers, which features a fabulous cast (including Helen Mirren) and Enduring Love with Rhys Ifans obsessing over Daniel Craig in his pre-007 years.
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement
Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, and Christopher Walken in The Comfort of Strangers