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We meet 13-year-old Briony Tallis in the summer of 1935, as she attempts to stage a production of her new drama "The Trials of Arabella" to welcome home her older, idolized brother Leon. But she soon discovers that her cousins, the glamorous Lola and the twin boys Jackson and Pierrot, aren't up to the task, and directorial ambitions are abandoned as more interesting prospects of preoccupation come onto the scene. The charlady's son, Robbie Turner, appears to be forcing Briony's sister Cecilia to strip in the fountain and sends her obscene letters; Leon has brought home a dim chocolate magnate keen for a war to promote his new "Army Ammo" chocolate bar; and upstairs, Briony's migraine-stricken mother Emily keeps tabs on the house from her bed. Soon, secrets emerge that change the lives of everyone present....
The interwar, upper-middle-class setting of the book's long, masterfully sustained opening section might recall Virginia Woolf or Henry Green, but as we move forward--eventually to the turn of the 21st century--the novel's central concerns emerge, and McEwan's voice becomes clear, even personal. For at heart, Atonement is about the pleasures, pains, and dangers of writing, and perhaps even more, about the challenge of controlling what readers make of your writing. McEwan shouldn't have any doubts about readers of Atonement: this is a thoughtful, provocative, and at times moving book that will have readers applauding. --Alan Stewart, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I have only read Amsterdam and Atonement, A Novel by Ian McEwan.
Not that I didn't appreciate the descriptions, but too many details can drown the plot and the story seems to lose its power.
This is one book I really hated to see end - and I found it hard to stop reading at any point in the narrative.
For some reason I just can't stand this well-respected and well-loved writer.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'll be honest this novel is a little dark and depressing (set just prior to and during WWII) but I think it deals with issues of love and war, responsibility,guilt and the need... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Thrifty
The book cover is kinda thin but shipping transit time was surprisingly fast!Published 29 days ago by Marcel Chavez
It keeps one alert as you follow her transition to an adult.Published 29 days ago by Lorraine Mayasich
I was reading this for a book club- and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! It included historical details from nursing during the war, and character development over a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Begonia Beth
This is the worst book he every wrote. I can't understand why it is promoted as being good.Published 1 month ago by British Mystery Buff