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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.
Ian McEwan's prose is absolutely beautiful. The man knows how to paint a picture with his words. The first act was a bit monotonous, but the book really gets going in the second... Read morePublished 3 days ago by nutcracker84
Another beautiful novel from this author, he does not stop to interest and surprise by his well conceived plots that always contain ethical choices. Also a sense for history.Published 5 days ago by Angela G
Beautiful prose, dry humor, irony, thought provoking themes, and emotional power. In other words, Ian McEwan at his best. One of my favorites along with Saturday and Sweet Tooth.Published 6 days ago by Jonathan
Recently I saw the movie version of the book on cable and I have to. Say I liked the movie better than the book.Published 6 days ago by Unknown
Who is in need of atonement here? Who is to blame? Who is to be believed? When is imagination a truly wonderful thing- when it is found in a clever child, or later in an... Read morePublished 10 days ago by perry man
The book is beautifully written and the story is a little confusing due to the changes in time and place(s), but I can see why it received the Pulitizer Prize. Read morePublished 12 days ago by mare
It was painfully detailed and descriptive. I read this for a book group and would not recommend it. It was laborious.Published 15 days ago by Diana J Good
Atonement was an amazing read. McEwan's writing is really quite beautiful, and coupled with a compelling plot that is seen from many points of view and slowly revealed to the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Catherine Lu
One of the best books I have read. So detailed and beautiful you will be unable to put it down until your finished.Published 18 days ago by Lily Fritch