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Subject: Atonement
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 1:31 PM ET
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I read this recently and absolutely loved it!  I was wondering if anyone can recommend any other books or authors similar to McEwan's work, which I will be reading more of.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:01 PM ET
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Hi Kari,

You may want to take a look at a novel by Joanne Harris called GENTLEMEN  AND PLAYERS.  It is set in an elite school for boys somewhere in the North of England. This is a psychological suspense novel with a "twist ending."

I also loved ATONEMENT.



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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:20 PM ET
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Thank you, Anna.  Currently, no one has it posted, but I'll be sure to check that one out!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Another Anna here--the Annas are full of info today!!

I found this on a library website. If you like Ian McEwan, you'll like:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/lrctmpl.asp?url=/content/libraries/readerscafe/ifyoulikemcewan.asp


Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:46 PM ET
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Oh, that's a wonderful site, other Anna! lol  I'm sure I'll be using that one quite a bit!!!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 5:35 PM ET
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Anna W., thanks for the link!  It brought to mind another novel that has the same "feel" as ATONEMENT.  BEL CANTO by Anne Patchett.   It is a story about a group of people at a lavish birthday party who are taken hostage by terrorists.  A mesmerizing story about how once certain  things are set in motion, the outcome cannot be stopped or changed.



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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 8:35 PM ET
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Atonement was the first Ian McEwan book I read, but the rest of his works are really amazing too.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Bel Canto is a wonderful book.  I couldn't get into it initally, but I really enjoyed it once I did.

The only McEwan book I've read is Atonement, but I enjoyed it so much I have a few more of his books lying around.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:18 PM ET
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The only McEwan book I've read is Atonement, but I enjoyed it so much I have a few more of his books lying around.

I've read most of his books - The Comfort of Strangers and The Concrete Garden are really terrific.  You also might like some of Patrick McGrath's novels, or maybe Lord Byron's Novel by John Crowley.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 11:09 AM ET
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Maybe it's becaue I read them around the same time, but I thought The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst was similarly lyrical. The other McEwan book I've read is On Chesil Beach, which I've enjoyed as well.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 1:55 PM ET
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A PLACE WHERE THE SEA REMEMBERS by Sandra Benitez has the haunting feel of the previously mentioned novels (even though it takes place in a small village in Mexico and not England.)  The writing is very passionate and lyrical and the story is bittersweet.  I loved it!

Subject: Gentlemen and Players: A Novel
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 2:32 PM ET
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There are four paperback copies in the system! Hope this info helps.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 3:51 PM ET
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Yes! I have a copy of Atonement in my To-Be-Read pile.