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Atonement - Ian McEwan
Atonement
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Atonement is Ian McEwan's ninth novel and his first since the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam in 1998. But whereas Amsterdam was a slim, sleek piece, Atonement is a more sturdy, ambitious work, allowing McEwan more room to play, think and experiment. We meet 13-year-old Briony Tallis in the summer... show more
Atonement is Ian McEwan's ninth novel and his first since the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam in 1998. But whereas Amsterdam was a slim, sleek piece, Atonement is a more sturdy, ambitious work, allowing McEwan more room to play, think and experiment. We meet 13-year-old Briony Tallis in the summer of 1935, as she attempts to stage a production of her new drama The Trials of Arabella to welcome home her elder, idolised brother Leon. But she soon discovers that her cousins, the glamorous Lola and the twin boys Jackson and Pierrot, aren't up to the task, and directorial ambitions are abandoned as more interesting preoccupations come onto the scene. The charlady's son Robbie Turner appears to be forcing Briony's sister Cecilia to strip in the Fountain and sends her obscene letters; Leon has brought home a dim chocolate magnate keen for a war to promote his new "Army Amo" bar; and upstairs Briony's migraine-stricken mother Emily keeps tabs on the house from her bed. Soon, secrets emerge that change the lives of everyone present... The interwar upper-middle-class setting of the book's long, masterfully sustained opening section might recall Virginia Woolf or Henry Green, but as we move forward--eventually to the turn of the 21st century--the novel's central concerns emerge, and McEwan's voice becomes clear, even personal. For at heart, Atonement is about the pleasures, pains and dangers of writing, and perhaps even more, about the challenge of controlling what readers make of your writing. McEwan shouldn't have any doubts about readers of Atonement: this is a thoughtful, provocative and at times moving book that will have readers applauding.--Alan Stewart
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780099520665 (0099520664)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
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anatarouca
anatarouca rated it
5.0 Atonement
Deixei a minha opinião sobre o livro em http://ocaocomeuolivro.blogspot.pt/2010/08/o-romance-de-ian-mcewan-unica-expiacao.html
NiWa
NiWa rated it
4.0 Abbitte
Im Sommer des Jahres 1935 geht mit der 13jährigen Briony die Fantasie durch. Schon länger liebt sie es, Situationen für ihre schriftstellerischen Ambitionen auszuschmücken, doch wer hätte gedacht, dass die Vorstellungen eines jungen Mädchens das Leben ganzer Familien prägen kann?Briony wächst in ein...
Sailing in a Sea of Words
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5.0 Book Review: Atonement
Book: Atonement Author: Ian McEwan Genre: Fiction/Family/Love/World War II/Forgiveness Summary: Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness combines all the satisfaction of a superb narrative with the provocation we have come to expect from this ma...
TheBrainintheJar
TheBrainintheJar rated it
3.0 Ian McEwan - Atonement
There are two competing novels here. One is driven by a character’s flaw and how it brought her to do a terrible thing. The other is a manipulative, Shawsank Redemption-like tale where the author takes a character who has it made and puts a lot of external troubles on it in order to make us sympathi...
Book Ramblings
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4.0 Atonement
Well, that was depressing. Is Ian McEwan the natural successor to [a: Thomas Hardy|15905|Thomas Hardy|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1429946281p2/15905.jpg]? I have to confess I knew nothing about Atonement except that the film adaptation came out a few years ago (if eight qualifies as a few). It ...
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