Atonement; Ian McEwan at Stray Talk
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11th May, 2008
Atonement; Ian McEwan
— Love @ 16:31 Comments (3)
Filed under: C, English, Historical

Atonement; Ian McEwan Atonement
by Ian McEwan

481 pages
Anchor Books
ISBN: 978-0-307-38884-1

First line: The play—for which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crêpe paper—was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch.

Back cover blurb:
On a summer day in 1935, young Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s misunderstanding 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 20th century.

Thoughts: My god, this novel made me sad. It was good, though, if a little slow to get into. I much preferred part two over part one, because that one covered ground more quickly. Part one tells the events of two or three days, while part two tells the events of at least a couple of months. I’m not a huge fan of all that slow stuff, to be honest.

The rating is a C. It would have been higher if I’d enjoyed the language more.

I’m still trying to decide if I should watch the film. Part of me wants to, but part of me is also very much anti Keira Knightley, which is making watching the film seem like less of a good idea.

  1. chartroose wrote:

    I loved “Atonement.” The movie is good, of course, it’s not as good as the book.

    Why are you anti Keira Knightley? It seems like quite a few poeple are. Has she done something wrong?

  2. Kim L wrote:

    I haven’t read this book, but I did see the movie this past weekend and it was a very powerful movie. I thought Keira Knightly was pretty good in this one.

  3. Love wrote:

    Chartroose: I’m not sure, exactly. I guess she just rubs me the wrong way. I don’t mind her in Bend it Like Beckham, but that’s about it.

    Kim L: I think I’ll probably end up watching it in a week or two.

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