The Cement Garden Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Cement Garden

When their father dies suddenly, Julie, Jack, Sue, and Tom, along with their mother cope with difficulty. The death is hardest on the mother who retreats to her bedroom. The four children essentially takes care of themselves, and their mother, the older ones, Julie and Jack, helping the younger children. When the mother dies after a long illness, Julie and Jack recognize that they will most likely be seperated and put into orphanages. In order to ensure that they stay together, they decide to continue to live in their own house and not tell anyone about their mother's death.
Click here to see the rest of this review...

They bury the body in the cellar, in a trunk full of cement, and look after themselves. But lack of supervision means that there are no rules. A power struggle develops between Jack and Julie, who are also coping with strong sexual tension between them. Sue retreats into books, and Tom seems regress and act like an infant. When Julie decides to bring someone from the outside word into their home, her new boyfriend, their terrible secrets are in danger of being discovered, and events reach a disturbing climax.
The review of this Book prepared by fran laniado

Chapter Analysis of The Cement Garden

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like The Cement Garden

Ian McEwan Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian