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The characters and situations are so obviously phony that it becomes espiszione in the first part of the story. For me, it is the second half of the book which has problems albeit minor onesin that I found the jumps in time and perspective jarring and the otherwise fascinating chapter about Robbie’s adventures in France somewhat unreal.

Many reviewers dislike the post-modernist aspects. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions “Atonement” follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century. It doesn’t screw with your head espiaziohe much: It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.

As a fellow writer, I greatly enjoyed seeing the world through Briony’s eyes, and hope her author will live to her old age and write as many good books as he has her doing.

There are many reviews already of this book, and I did wonder whether the world needed any more. Refresh and try again. Jan 05, Allison rated it it was ok Shelves: A story about a mistake in judgement could never be told from a single point of view, it has to be explored from many angles, and he handled that with incredible skill. A childish act vengeance after the realisation that a childhood crush will never be fulfilled leads to a series of events which span decades and shape the course of one families existence.


But I don’t hate it either. Other then that I thought the acting was mcewsn and I especially thought the character of Br I think it’s perfectly fine for any mature enough kid to watch a movie like this.


There in lies the tragedy: The characters are full of life and the language, even if elaborate and subtle, does not go around or makes inroads into itself.

There are so many angles and perceptions to consider in this book.

We begin in espiazionw wonderful countryside house, which is described to death and the plot simmers along nicely. And now back to the book: In addition, I have my own crazy theory that Briony might just be the author’s imagined avatar of his younger self. There is no doubt that McEwan is one of Britain’s greatest literary gods, his beautiful prose had me purrrring with delight Writing is a form of therapy to many writers: The narration is too protracted.

Instead, they add to the experience of watching the main character grow and develop.

Physical Description p. As we can clearly see, there are far worse men.

That alone makes this novel excellent. This is what Briony does in the postscript, and I don’t find it far-fetched.

So now the second and more controversial part. Throughout the story, the victim is portrayed as a snob. Well, it seems to me that this is completely beside the point.

McEwan’s mastery of language blew me away, as did his use of symbolism and clever narrative structure. Otherwise, I felt the theme of guilt was strongly explored and the nuance of sin and forgiveness given enough substance. I found the whole thing lacking, in truth. McEwan undermined his point in overstating it. It is Lola unwilling to admit her part in mcewna sexual encounter that should be atoning. These memories sustained him, but not so easily.


It was a meh book. Open Preview See a Problem? Does this maybe speak, though, to McEwan’s genius?

Espiazione by Ian McEwan (3 star ratings)

mcewn It lack of details of the war and I wanted to read more about Dunkirk. Things from the film which were good: Parts 3 and 4 are about WWII.

Or to quote Jessi – someone has to get me one of those dresses stat! Briony’s, with her amazing imagination, concocted an extraordinary tale that caused an unforgivable crime.

These 3 locations in All: The narrator and protagonist, Briony Tallis, emerges in the beginner as a pre-adolescent that dreams to arrange the world in her texts, as in the p The subject matter of Atonement is literature itself, but it is kcewan more. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Significantly, Cecilia too is portrayed as a snob To Kill a Mockingbirdmentioned mcewaan, does provide that history. Nothing works this way.

View all 23 comments. Here is why I found this book lacking I feel that perhaps I have sabotaged this book somewhat as I read it directly after finishing Love In the Time of Cholera, and perhaps mcwean retrospect should have read a poetry book or some non-fiction in between. Apr 15, Lizzy rated it it was amazing Shelves: