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Atonement: A Novelby Ian McEwan
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!
"This twist, this revelation, further emphasizes the novel's already explicit ambivalence about being a novel, and makes the book a proper postmodern artifact, wearing its doubts on its sleeve, on the outside, as the Pompidou does its escalators. But it is unnecessary....because the fineness of the book as a novel, as a distinguished and complex evocation of English life before and during the war, burns away the theoretical, and implants in the memory a living, flaming presence." James Wood, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)
Synopses & Reviews
Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of Amsterdam, has created a symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative combined with 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 — forces a situation that will change the course of their lives. As it follows that event'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.
"Magically readable....Never has McEwan shown himself to be more in sympathy with the vulnerability of the human heart." Sunday Times (London)
"Astonishing....[with] one of the most remarkable erotic scenes in modern fiction....[It] is something you will never forget." Chicago Tribune
"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
"No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan." The Washington Post Book World
"Enthralling....With psychological insight and a command of sensual and historical detail, Mr. McEwan creates an absorbing fictional world." The Wall Street Journal
"Not since the 19th century has a writer stepped in and out of his characters' minds with such unfettered confidence." The Plain Dealer
"Moving deftly between styles, this is a compelling exploration of guilt and the struggle for forgiveness." Library Journal
"Magical....A love story, a war story, and a story about stories, and so it hits the heart, the guts and the brain." The New York Observer
"A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama." John Updike, The New Yorker
"McEwan is one of the most gifted literary storytellers alive. . . . [Atonement] implants in the memory a living, flaming presence." James Wood, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)
"Flat-out brilliant....Lush, detailed, vibrantly colored and intense." San Francisco Chronicle
McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of Amsterdam, has created a symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative combined with the provocation readers have come to expect from this master of English prose.
The Booker Prize-winning author of Amsterdam creates a richly textured coming-of-age novel, set in 1935 England, that follows thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis, who witness an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, as she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which tears her family apart and leads her on a lifelong search of truth and absolution. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution.
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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