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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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This is an entracing story and very finely written that I was hooked on it. I had a hard time at the beginning of the story finishing the book book because it was not my normal... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Tls
It is rare that I don't finish a book. I could not finish this one for lack of interest.Published 2 days ago by Jerry Wiener
This book is a triumph of literature and a spear to the soul.
Who isn't trying to atone for something they've done? Read more
For supposedly such a famous author, I found his telling ponderous and over long. However, the story was good beneath it, so I watched the movie, which was much better.Published 24 days ago by Jane
This is a thrilling novel with a compulsive plot, which made it impossible for me to stop reading until I had found out how the story ended. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Anne Mills
I just finished the book for the first time and have never experienced so detailed a description of a scene that turned out to be an illusion – a purging of guilt so badly desired... Read morePublished 28 days ago by mcfin din