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Author: Ian McEwan
On a 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. 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 thro...  more
ISBN-13: 9780307388841
ISBN-10: 0307388840
Publication Date: 11/27/2007
Pages: 496
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3.4 stars, based on 264 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I only wish I could call this book an easy read. To me, Atonement was a struggle, only because I knew such an emotional book could only end in heartbreak. I found Atonement hauntingly beautiful, and though I finished it three or four days ago, I find myself constantly thinking about the questions the book raises. My first Ian Mcewan, but definitely not my last. I am also planning on reading No Time For Romance, by Lucilla Andrews, whom Mcewan borrowed from to bring Atonement together.
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I wanted to like this book (purchased it to read before I saw the movie). Parts of it were good, but overall, it just didn't provide any satisfaction. The themes were interesting ones, but the characters just never resonated with me. I felt like I struggled too much to "wade" through it. Just a nitpicky thing, but I got distracted several times by odd punctuation in the use of commas. At times it seemed well-written with lovely prose, but overall I have to say I didn't care for the book.
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Wonderful book, if you can get through it. It is quite slow, especially at the beginning. But do push through--you'll be rewarded!

As much as this book is called a "love story," romance is merely a vehicle to get at the novel's bigger themes: family, mistakes, the written word, (self) forgiveness. A must read!

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Could not get into this one no matter how much I tried.
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This is a great book set in the 1940s and very close to the movie. It is a definite tear jerker and sad twists to the story.
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Well written. Extremely close to the movie

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