Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Read Atonement Online Free - Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

Title : Atonement
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ISBN : 038572179X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 351 pages


Manny rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2014

There are many reviews already of this book, and I did wonder whether the world needed any more. But I disagree so strongly with some of the opinions expressed that I'm afraid I have to exercise my right to reply. Two things in particular stand out. Let me deal with the simpler one first. Some pe...

Sarah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 08, 2010

It's like To Kill A Mockingbird. Only, instead of a flawed but relatable protagonist, we have a protagonist vilified beyond all reason. Instead of a persecuted minority, we have a horny young man. And instead of Atticus Finch, we have...Ian McEwan. And never, in the history of literature, has any...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2007

In World War II England, 13-year-old Briony Tallis misinterprets her older sister’s love affair with their family’s gardener to be something much worse than what it is. Her innocence and partial understanding of the world begins a chain of events that tears the family apart and alters the course...

Bart rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2007

That I can remember, I've never before disliked the start of a book so thoroughly, and by the end, gone on to think so much of it as a complete work. The last 2/3 of this novel are as good as contemporary fiction gets. The first 1/3 is like reading a Jane Austen plot trapped in amber. As the title...

Will rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2017

I was bored with this until half way through, but then it got interesting. It touches on imagination versus reality, fiction versus fact, in addition to the story content. A portrait of an upper middle class English family is interrupted by a supposed rape in which a young imaginative (vengeful)...

Lizzy rated it ★★★★★

May 15, 2017

The subject matter of Atonement is literature itself, but it is much more. First, the writer is one of its characters; second, because Ian McEwan’s novel creates a world where subjectivity and objectivity interfere mutually. The characters are full of life and the language, even if elaborate and...

Joey Woolfardis rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 03, 2018

Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. In the heat of a 1930s Summer, a family reunites at their...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

What a lovely reread this was! I first read this novel almost a decade ago, and the story has stayed with me. The prose is gorgeous, and again I was completely absorbed in this novel. My favorite character is Briony, the young writer seeking atonement for a mistake she made as a child. And my hea...

Allison rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 23, 2008

I feel that perhaps I have sabotaged this book somewhat as I read it directly after finishing Love In the Time of Cholera, and perhaps in retrospect should have read a poetry book or some non-fiction in between. Clearly anything I would have read after finishing a Masterpiece would pale in compar...

Terry rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2008

This is where a 2.5 star rating would be ideal. I am extremely ambivalent about this novel--first the pluses: the writing is gorgeous; McEwan has some of the best prose out there. Every line has meat to it, nothing is throwaway, and every visual is so vivid that the reader is transported to a spe...

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