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Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement

azazel, February 12, 2008

This book is a masterpiece, yes, that is what they have said. And it is hard to disagree, the writing, the descriptions, the author's ability to make profound such simple or brief moments and encounters is impressive, and his skill in creating atmosphere through sensations familiar and quite often nostalgic reminded me of Faulkner. But the Ending. I realize what it is saying about fiction and guilt and responsibility and what not, but I cannot help but want to see Briony suffer and I feel that these endings don't absolve her, but do create enough of a moral haze that I was left unsatisfied.
Look, I finished the book at one a.m. and I'm just a little bitter toward a character. Which is obviously a reccomendation in itself. A great book.
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