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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What a waste of time. Blah blah blah about a very adolescent 13 year old in part 1. A decent telling about the Dunkirk evacuation (hence the one star - otherwise it would have been... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bob from Tennessee
Mr. McEwan writes quite complicated descriptions of intense personal relationships. This is also a detailed picture of Britain during its Dunkirk and Blitz WWII period.Published 4 days ago by T. Pospichal
Very engaging, well written book. I would have hoped for a ha[[y ending, but Oh well.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bet McEwan could have been a better writer if he did not have to sell his books. At times the thoughts expressed are deep and touching. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Annie D
Great story about the upper class living in Great Britain during World War II . Tangled story of personal relationships & sacrifices made, but I felt it had a very weak endingPublished 19 days ago by J.
I wanted to like. It won best of everything and I am a huge fan of historical fiction set in WW2.
It was only because of all the accolades that I kept returning to it to -... Read more
Pretty good literature, one of the few times the movie is as good if not better than the book. But still a good read. Not necessary to own if you don't need to for a class.Published 24 days ago by Sarah George
Overwrought and exhausting to read, McEwan seemed to draw scenes out just because he has the technical skill to make it sound pretty to do so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley L. Taylor