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December 11, 2006


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Frankly, I completely agree. The use of existing material, as source material, referencing it, sampling it, eluding to it...it's all fair game. The idea that McEwan did something wrong is entirely preposterous to me, honestly. He simply allowed himself to be influenced heavily by another writer. That's part of the world of fiction and creation. We often create something new from something that exists. In fact, that's pretty much all we do.

Alison Croggon

Looking at the quotes, I think McEwan has been, well, a little lazy. But he's obviously not guilty of plagiarism, because he acknowledged the source text in the back of his book. I really don't see what the fuss is about.

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