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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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It was a good story but contained many unnecessary details which, at times, were boring.Published 3 days 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 12 days ago by Blueeyedshook
Saw the movie first and wanted to read the story to get the rest of the details missed in the film.Published 15 days 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 18 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 22 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by KellyM