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  • ISBN 0099429799
  • ISBN13 978-0099429791
  • Language English
  • Author Ian McEwan
  • Publisher Vintage Books; New Ed edition (May 2, 2002)
  • Pages 384
  • Formats doc mobi rtf docx
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1775 kb
  • Size Fb2 1953 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 659

On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

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Atonement is a 2001 British metafiction novel written by Ian McEwan concerning the understanding of and responding to the need for personal atonement. Set in three time periods, 1935 England, Second World War England and France, and present-day England, it covers an upper-class girl's half-innocent mistake that ruins lives, her adulthood in the shadow of that mistake, and a reflection on the nature of writing.

McEwan, Ian. 'ATONEMENT: DUNKIRK 1940', The Independent (London), 15. .Ian McEwan's Atonement and "The Techniques of Mrs. Woolf"', Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 64, Fall-Winter 2003: 11-12. 'ATONEMENT: DUNKIRK 1940', The Independent (London), 15 September 2001: 1-2. (Excerpt from the novel. Big Important Book of the Month: Atonement', Esquire, 137:3, March 2002: 61. Richardson, Elaina. An Explosive Untruth Sets in Motion Ian McEwan's Un-Put-Downable Atonement', O Magazine, March 2002. Briony's Stand against Oblivion: The Making of Fiction in Ian McEwan's Atonement. Journal of Modern Literature, 27:3, Winter 2004: 68-82.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister.

In his latest book Atonement Ian McEwan brings the British novel into the 21st century, says Geoff Dyer. The twists and turns of Ian McEwan's fiction are built on a knack for sustained illusion. When he writes "a glass of beer" we do not just see it; we are willing to drink from it vicariously. The ballooning accident (imaginatively derived from footage of an actual incident) that opens Enduring Love is a spectacular example, but the ability to make the invented seem real animates every page of his work. The novels' psychological acuity derives, always, from their fidelity to a precisely delineated reality.

Ian McEwan’s most popular book is Atonement. Showing 30 distinct works. Atonement by. Ian McEwan.

Atonement is a novel written by the British author Ian McEwan and published in 2001. In 2007, the book was made into a critically acclaimed film of the same name that was nominated for both the Academy Awards and the British BAFTA awards. The novel’s main theme are the idea of personal atonement and owning up to one’s past mistakes. It is set in the English countryside during the mid-1930’s and revolves around a false accusation of rape placed against a man named Robbie.

Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class. At its center this is a profound–and profoundly moving–exploration of shame, forgiveness and the difficulty of absolution.

Atonement, novel by Ian McEwan, published in 2001

Atonement, novel by Ian McEwan, published in 2001. An Academy Award-winning film version of the story appeared in 2007. McEwan, IanIan McEwan. In the epilogue, McEwan paints Briony as an aging and dying novelist who is revisiting her past in fact and fiction; in fact, the reader shockingly learns (which outrages some) that Briony is actually the author of the book, sections of which are untrue and fictionalized. This novel, in the end, is not only about love, trust, and war but about the pleasures, pains, and challenges of writing, the burden of guilt, and, above all, the danger of interpretation.

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I received this book in the mail weeks ago. I had watched the movie first, had a range of emotions at the end that entailed shock, sadness, anger, resentment, and eventually acceptance...

Thought I would order the book because books can lend so much more detail and backstory that a movie simply cannot.
I love reading. I have read many different genres, and have even slugged away through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series... and I thought Robert Jordan enjoyed his descriptions! But Robert Jordan's world was such that even though many passages and even in one case, an entire book were laborious to get through, I still re-read those books and have every single one of them.

I have to say that usually when I get a new book, I finish it within a week, no matter how long it is. If it is really good, I will devour it in a few days.
Well, it has been weeks that I have had this book and I haven't yet made it past part one. The part of the book I am currently on is where everyone has just gone out to search for the twins.

I enjoy descriptions and feeling as though I am a part of the world the reader is trying to describe, but this novel is TOO wordy.
So many adjectives and my eyes glaze over. Especially since I don't feel emotionally invested in really any of the characters because there is too much about everything else!

When I read two pages about the sunset, all of it's colors, then in turn all of the colors it is turning the trees, leaves, and the surrounding areas and how if the character had just stood up and contorted their body in just the right way, then they would see these things that have just been described to me in full detail, I have a hard time really getting into the book.

When there is so much description about the surroundings that several pages later the plot has not progressed, I start to think of other things I should or could be doing. And this is hard for me to admit, because I love reading.

Reading should be an escape to another world where you don't have the voice in the back of your mind telling you about mundane household chores you should be doing!

Sadly, though I want to like this book so rich in detail, it has too much detail. I will finish it, as I don't like to leave any book unfinished, but it will likely take quite some time, as I will read other books to take my mind off of the odious task of finishing Atonement.

I will not be checking out anything else from this author.
This was one of those novels I found brilliantly written, but incredibly boring.
I had, probably, expectations way to high, so I was very disappointed with the book. It drags for an insufferable amount of time and when it comes to the big revelation it amounted to nothing. It works better in the movie, but even then, it had no impact in me.

There are, of course, things that I liked and left me torn regarding the rating I would give this book. I loved the use that Ian McEwan makes of language. The way he masters long sentences, which is not very common in English language. I liked the idea of the different views of the same fact by the different characters and the way that propels the narrative, but I also thought that, in general, the book ended up being quite boring and excessively descriptive.
I was completely absorbed by this book. The first part draws you into a confined setting, a very hot day in a country house and the preparations for welcoming the son of the house who is about to arrive with a friend. It lets you see the scene from the perspectives of the different characters in the house. Although McEwan focuses more on the internal lives of the characters than on external events, and devotes most of the attention to their impressions and reflections on what takes place around them, you feel the tension building steadily towards what certainly must become a disaster. The second part describes the dire consequences of these events, which grow out of the lively imagination of a young girl who half sees and half imagines what is happening in the house and tries, with good intentions, to put things right. McEwan ties everything together beautifully and elegantly in the last part where the young girl has grown old and has spent all the intervening years trying to reconcile herself with what she did as a child. I don't want to spoil anyone's reading experience by giving details. The book was rather different from what I had expected based on the descriptions, but it is certainly one of the better books that I have read. It is warmly recommended.
I found parts of the book heartbreaking, truly difficult to read. I enjoyed the author's lyrical writing very much. The words often were those I imagine Briony would have used. The book also taught life lessons, the least of which is to not speak about things you don't know or understand.
I've seen the movie a half dozen times and in between read the book twice. The movie experience has increased in emotional impact with each viewing. I first read the book a couple of years ago in paperback. I've just finished reading it a second time on Kindle. The Kindle reading was much better, taking notes, ranting about this and that was a pleasure missing in the book reading.

The second reading completely overwhelmed me emotionally, it's difficult for me to say anything definitive. In the back of my mind lurked Rashoman, King Lear, Oedipus, Romeo and Juliet. And always there was opacity, a lack of clarity that added to the grief, compounded the tragedy. The novel within a novel only made things more horrific. It's all so thin, standing over the grave imploring the power of the almighty, so, so thin. But it's all we have, all Briony had.
I became aware of Ian McEwan through You Tube. He delivered the commencement address at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
His address was on free speech and impressed me. So, I decided to read one of his books, and chose Atonement. It was a good choice. The story took awhile to gain traction for me. However, I am an experienced enough reader to know a slow starter can turn out to be worth being patient which proved to be the case. Atonement is perfectly in step with the rich British literary tradition.