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Atonement Paperback – November 6, 2007
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“A tour de force.... Every bit as affecting as it is gripping.” —The New York Times“Lush, detailed, vibrantly colored and intense.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama.” —John Updike, The New Yorker“Luminous.... Atonement is brilliant.” —Newsweek“No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan.” —The Washington Post Book World“McEwan could be the most psychologically astute writer working today, our era’s Jane Austen.” —Esquire
About the Author
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize. He lives in London.
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I had, probably, expectations way to high, so I was very disappointed with the book. It drags for an insufferable amount of time and when it comes to the big revelation it amounted to nothing. It works better in the movie, but even then, it had no impact in me.
There are, of course, things that I liked and left me torn regarding the rating I would give this book. I loved the use that Ian McEwan makes of language. The way he masters long sentences, which is not very common in English language. I liked the idea of the different views of the same fact by the different characters and the way that propels the narrative, but I also thought that, in general, the book ended up being quite boring and excessively descriptive.
Needless to say, then, that Atonement is supremely concerned with the role of the author. The reader is led to believe early on that thirteen year old Briony Tallis is a self-conscious and compulsive writer. But her role in the unfolding events develops as the line separating reality from her fertile imagination becomes blurred.
The story (or the "plot"), even if we take it at face value, is compelling enough in its tragedy. But the real merit of the book becomes apparent as the veils fall. It is difficult to say much more without spoiling things. But, after reading this review, anyone familiar with Fowles' novel will be watching for the judgements the reader is ultimately asked to make.
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