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Atonement

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Awards

2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
2001 Booker Prize Shortlist

Staff Pick

A young girl sees her older sister and a man in a situation she doesn't understand, and subsequently makes an accusation that changes the course of all three lives. This is a study of a life-long search for forgiveness and atonement. McEwan is at his best here. An amazing and excellent book!
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Ian McEwan's symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia's childhood friend. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives — together with her precocious literary gifts — brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime's repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

Review:

"McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive....With each book McEwan ranges wider, and his powers have never been more fully in evidence than here." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama."

John Updike, The New Yorker

Review:

"Moving deftly between styles, this is a compelling exploration of guilt and the struggle for forgiveness." Library Journal

Review:

"A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama." John Updike, The New Yorker

Review:

"Not since the 19th century has a writer stepped in and out of his characters' minds with such unfettered confidence." The Plain Dealer

Review:

"No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan." The Washington Post Book World

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About the Author

Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and eight novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time — winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award — The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, and Amsterdam — winner of the 1998 Booker Prize.

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Becker, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Becker)
Among other things, this book is way better than the movie.
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MD reader, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by MD reader)
A masterpiece about art, war, social class, guilt, growing up and repentance.
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lechatnoir, April 1, 2008 (view all comments by lechatnoir)
I saw the film before I read the book, which is rare for me since I almost always read the book first and save the movie for later. In this case, I was scarcely aware of Ian Mcewan's work before seeing this film, but I loved it so much that I couldn't wait to get the book! The book did not disappoint; to the contrary, as usually happens, it far outdid the movie. In fact, I have ordered two more books by Mcewan and I cannot wait to read them! His page-turning narration and plot development, along with his complex character development, keep the reader enthralled from beginning to end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307387158
Author:
Mcewan, Ian
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
McEwan, Ian
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .75 in .6 lb

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Product details 368 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307387158 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A young girl sees her older sister and a man in a situation she doesn't understand, and subsequently makes an accusation that changes the course of all three lives. This is a study of a life-long search for forgiveness and atonement. McEwan is at his best here. An amazing and excellent book!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive....With each book McEwan ranges wider, and his powers have never been more fully in evidence than here." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama."

John Updike, The New Yorker

"Review" by , "Moving deftly between styles, this is a compelling exploration of guilt and the struggle for forgiveness."
"Review" by , "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama."
"Review" by , "Not since the 19th century has a writer stepped in and out of his characters' minds with such unfettered confidence."
"Review" by , "No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan."
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