Gertrude, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Gertrude)
This is one of the most compelling books I have ever read. In the early chapters, it may seem like little is happening--but you know something important is coming. And when it does, it changes many lives. The fallout from this incident is portrayed with all the tragic irony one could find in life, and the characters are fleshed out beautifully. Start reading it, and you won't want to put it down.
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clmazza, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by clmazza)
The haunting and painful beauty of "Atonement" by Ian McEwan has stayed with me since the first time I read it in 2002.
I gave it to all my friends to read because I needed to talk about it. I chose it for my book club discussion as soon as we could purchase the paperback edition.
Every time I re-read it I find another little gem - a graceful turn of phrase, a cleverly dropped in clue, another message to the reader.
It is a book that just gets better and better with each reading.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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
by Library Journal,
"Moving deftly between styles, this is a compelling exploration of guilt and the struggle for forgiveness."
by John Updike, The New Yorker,
"A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama."
by The Plain Dealer,
"Not since the 19th century has a writer stepped in and out of his characters' minds with such unfettered confidence."
by The Washington Post Book World,
"No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan."
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