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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.
Saw the movie first and wanted to read the story to get the rest of the details missed in the film.Published 5 hours ago by Aimee L. Bowen
Just couldn't get into it, but halfway through, couldn't put it down. Interesting seeing the same scene from the different character's perspective.Published 3 days ago by R. Rader
There is no question in my mind that we are experiencing a modern renaissance in literature. Authors such as Rowling, Zusak, Tart, Larsson and McEwan are penning works that will... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Todd Kinsey
3 1/2 stars. While I loved the premise and the way McEwan set the plot by describing it from the various characters' eyes, I was not entirely captivated by this book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Chicago Dreamer
Too disjointed and unbelievable. Read as though it was written by two different authors. Being generous rating book two stars.Published 22 days ago by margaret bendel
I absolutely loved this book. I watched the movie first, but I think the book is better (and I loved the movie). Read morePublished 22 days ago by KellyM
I finished this novel and felt sad. Briny could have been any self-absorbed 13 year old whose lie loomed so large that she was unable to escape from it. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Douglas F. Curtis