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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 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 16 hours ago by Begonia Beth
This is the worst book he every wrote. I can't understand why it is promoted as being good.Published 3 days ago by British Mystery Buff
A good and intriguing thriller. A rather shocking revelation at the end, an unexpected twist. On the negative side I found the war chapters too long and distracting from the main... Read morePublished 19 days ago by L. Suransky
When I first tried to listen to this book a few years ago, I quickly got bored and gave up. A kids' play, an incident in a fountain, a broken vase - who cares? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Just My Op
This book dissatisfied me. It is artfully written and very high brow. However, the author slips into purple prose far too much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jon Albert
It was a good story but contained many unnecessary details which, at times, were boring.Published 1 month ago by Anne K. Hoskins
This book is worth reading, although I have to say that I could have done without about 100 pages of it and felt that the story was still just as successful and clear. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blueeyedshook