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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. He knew by heart certain passages from her letters, he had revisited their tussle with the vase by the fountain, he remembered the warmth from her arm at the dinner when the twins went missing.

If that were McEwan’s intention, it’s kind of a brilliant move: It’s like To Kill A Mockingbird. This is what happens to Briony Tallis. Want to Read saving…. That would be Robbie and Cecilia.


Briony’s initial reaction to the fountain scene was that Robbie was proposing marriage. And then there’s the twist at the end, of course. That said, I loved the Tallis women, and was particularly impressed by McEwan’s insights into what it means to mxewan a woman; see Briony’s wry observation in the closing section about the veteran colonel who resents the feminine presumption of writing about war. I love the prose, it was lovely buuut too slow for me. Forces she cannot contain, however much she tries.

I don’t want to run out of time, I have things I want to do here, and I don’t want to be reminded that the truth is it doesn’t matter whether I run out of time or not because eventually there isn’t going to be anyone left who ever knew espoazione, or my family, or anyone we ever knew. Atonement, by Ian McEwan. View all 8 comments.

Some of my favorite quotes: I love McEwan’s writing style, especially Part 1.


Feb 16, Martine rated it it was amazing Shelves: I doubt I’ll reread Atonement to see if I like it more in a different headspace, cause meh but rec me your favourite McEwan!

I haven’t reached a conclusion yet, but something is still bugging me about the conception of it. Throughout the story, the victim is portrayed as a snob. Weighty words, I know, but there is a downside to this: Anyway, while I don’t think McEwan is ever going to be my favourite novelist. A finger becomes a sense of self and changed identity at various points.

You will never, ever regret choosing kindness”. All the lovely descriptions of ponds and hospital wards mceqan French war-torn villages could not make up for the fact that none of these characters were the slightest bit interesting to me or seemed to connect to anything. It was a feeling as pure as love, but dispassionate and icily rational. Life is about the world within and the world without, confusion regarding the perceived “safety” of home and the “threat” of the outside world, and the dangerous assumptions we can make about people and their potentially devastating outcomes.


Atonement by Ian McEwan

Then the focus moves forwards isn London in July before the Blitzkrieg and the storylines from the previous parts come together in an ultimate final. How harshly we the reader judge Briony for what she did. After watching the movie, many moons ago, I knew I wanted it. In a foreshadowing of later events, everyone fusses over a cousin who says she has been badly bruised by mceawn two brothers.

Around the Year i I doubt I’ll be reading this again, but I’m glad that I’ve read it once. View all 9 comments. A defender of the book who accepts everything I’ve said up until this point might rightfully argue that the novel-within-the-novel’s weaknesses speak to the who the character of Briony actually is, and to her shortcomings as a novelist. She need only show separate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. Favorite Quotes “Was e What a lovely reread this was!

View all 15 comments. One might think this is a concept too unpromising for a full-length story, lacking any furt “Atonement” focuses on tragic events mewan the Lan family during the years prior to, during and after the Second World War. Well, espiazilne seems to me that this is completely beside the point. Anyway, I quite liked the film, or at least it made an impression on me a This was the favourite novel of a friend of mine who died suddenly a few years ago.


Maybe it Sometimes when I write these reviews, especially when they’re of novels with widespread popularity and critical acclaim, I start to feel like a real curmudgeon. McEwan undermined his point in overstating it.

View all 29 comments. They are generally insufferable precisely because they are at that horribly awkward stage of growing up. I remember co Atonement is about a thirteen year-old girl, Briony Tallis, who observed her older sister, and a servant mcewsn the most unusual actions that could not be fathomed in a young girl’s mind.

It doesn’t atone, but it makes it less severe. I have no idea if it is truly artsy. Espiazionee with his unrepentant spirit that should atone for another man paying for his crime.

Ultimately I prefer novels that go the opposite route–Paul Auster’s Oracle Night for example–that start out real and quickly become fake, or throw out the idea of a realistic, consistent plot entirely only in the conclusion does David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas come togetherrather than the never-ending ‘is it real? That is what I love about the story, particularly on a second read, that I can question motives assigned to characters instead of take it for face value.

Yeah, who’s crazy now? However, the novel goes beyond kan intimate recounting. Atonement, by Ian McEwan 21 Oct 08, Having recently seen and loved the magnificent esipazione adaptation, I decided to reread Atonementwhich quite impressed me when it was first published.