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Atonement by Ian McEwan

And is that too insulting to McEwan? Every line has meat to it, nothing is throwaway, and every visual is so vivid that the reader is transported to a specific time and place. I love Jane Austen’s work. It somewhat felt like I was playing Sims. And now I am kicking myself for not having checked this book out sooner. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


I also loved his treatment of the all consuming nature of guilt. That alone makes this novel excellent.

Nearly every chapter ended with something along the lines of “and oh my if this character hadn’t done what he’s about to do in the next chapter then his life would not have turned out the way it did”, as if McEwan is unsure of his plot and needs to plead with us to keep reading. It was so implausible and awkward and I wondered how the story had gotten off course and how Robbie had gotten there from France.


I found that it stayed with me and that I appreciated it more with time.

The problem with Atonement is that there is no atonement, which, of course, is the point. It made the heartbreaking parts of the story even more crushing and while we see that Briony can never really make peace with herself, she gave peace back to those she hurt the only way she could figure out how. Ian McEwan’s definition of atonement is as dazzling as it is strange. Knowing what was going to happen, I paid attention to see if I could pick up the clues and yes, they were there in the text.

Sometimes these thoughts are a little disturbing those of you who have read his earlier mcewzn will know what I meanbut usually they have the effect of ina drawing the reader into the story.

I almost cried a few times, because I could imagine the wounds, the bombs, and the tragedy of the war. I doubt Robbie hated Briony. I think she more than paid her debt for what was a misunderstanding, a mistake, not cruel revenge.

View all 5 comments. To view it, click here. I was, however, coming from a trail of books all centered on wealthy aristocratic families, and it was the wroooong time to read this book. Lo adoro e per questo ho deciso di leggerne anche il libro.


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Significantly, Cecilia too is portrayed as a snob That said, the cmewan suffers from its own identity crisis, a mezze of Jane Austen, followed by a main course of Sebastian Faulks. Please add another Dutch edition of: We question whether we do right or wrong, but we also question what is construct and what is real, and whether espiaziohe perceptions and perspectives define the terms.

Forces she cannot contain, however much she tries.

The letter could have been a joke from a guy asking for a moment alone with his girlfriend and in it his hesitance to jump from playful to committed. It was played over and mcswan again trying to find meaning and purpose to each detail.

I’d like to think as her atonement Briony was as hard on herself as possible. And then again for the third part.

A finger becomes a sense of self and changed identity at various points. City of Boroondara Library Service. So much of it was devoted to overtly descriptive passages that were, for lack of a better word, boring. The book is divided into 3 parts with an epilogue.