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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.
I loved the story line and how it unfolded. The story teller never actually revealed what happened, so one can make up endless endings of your own. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Basil van Rooyen
it takes a good slow time to get into the characters and they develop nicely.Published 28 days ago by josefine perry
...but only from time to time. My first encounter with the author. I only wonder if I will hate the movie.Published 29 days ago by D
For some reason I just can't stand this well-respected and well-loved writer.Published 1 month 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 2 months ago by Thrifty