Atonement

Atonement 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. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There are many reviews already of this book, and I did wonder whether the world needed anyBut 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 people seem appalled that the author is putting the guilt for this dreadful tragedy on the shoulders of a young girl She didn t know what she was doing, they say she was too young to understand the impor There are many reviews already of this book, and I did wonder whether the world needed anyBut 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 people seem appalled that the author is putting the guilt for this dreadful tragedy on the shoulders of a young girl She didn t know what she was doing, they say she was too young to understand the import of her actions, and we shouldn t hold her responsible Well, it seems to me that this is completely beside the point The novel, we finally learn, has been written by the girl herself She s giving herself the blame for what happened She s evidently spent her whole life wondering why she behaved the way she did, and she still doesn t really know She s just trying to get the story as straight as she can, m
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 haveIan McEwan And never, in the history of literature, has anyone worked quite this hard to invalidate the accusatory gaze of young girls.The sinner here is young Briony And her sin is pride We see her exposed to sexist and obscene language, violent sex, and a 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 haveIan McEwan And never, in the history of literature, has anyone worked quite this hard to invalidate the accusatory gaze of young girls.The sinner here is young Briony And her sin is pride We see her exposed to sexist and obscene language, violent sex, and a rape all in one day And why did she she make such a fuss Well, according to McEwan, it s because she s the worst thing in the world a little girl with little girl problems who simply can t understand the grownup world Grownup, in this context, refers almost exclusively to the pursuit of id impulses Everything the poor girl does is made to seem somehow insidious the way she lines up her toys, the way she plays pretend, the way her own mind controls her own hand The power But who ar
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 of the rest of the girl s life.Sounds a little dry, right Wrong I guess I forgot to mention that the book was written by Ian McEwan, the king of uncomfortable moments, weird sex stuff, the rotating thi In World War II England, 13 year old Briony Tallis misinterprets her older sister s love affair with t
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 indicates Atonement is about a future artist s massive effort to redeem herself for ruining the character of a young man when she is a younger girl There are parts of this novel that are disjointed or 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
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 f
The subject matter of Atonement is literature itself, but it is muchFirst, 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 subtle, does not go around or makes inroads into itself.The narrator and protagonist, Briony Tallis, emerges in the beginner as a pre adolescent that dreams to arrange the world in her texts, as in the p The subject matter of Atonement is literature itself, but it is muchFirst, 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 subtle, does not go around or makes inroads into itself.The narrator and protagonist, Briony Tallis, emerges in the beginner as a pre adolescent that dreams to arrange the world in her texts, as in the play she is writing Her love for order, for the careful design according to her spoiled desires, is translated into an impulse to write that hardly depend on the themeThere did not have to be a moral She need only show separate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive It wasn t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding, above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003The 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 country home for what may be the last time Cousins have come to stay, a sister has returned from University and a brother is returning from America with a new friend in tow Briony, the only child left Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Rea
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 heart aches for her sister, Cecilia, and her wronged lover, Robbie I ve only read a few of McEwan s books, but I like his writing style so much I want to readHighly recommended.Favorite Quotes Was e 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 heart aches for her sister, Cecilia, and her wronged lover, Robbie I ve only read a few of McEwan s books, but I like his writing style so much I want to readHighly recommended.Favorite Quotes Was everyone else really as alive as she was If the answer was yes, then the world, the social world, was unbearably complicated, with two billion voices, and everyone s thoughts striving in equal importance and everyo
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 comparison but I decided that the critical raves this book had received and high praise from people around me should be enough to encourage me to see it through to the end.Here is why I found this book lacking 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 comparison but I decided that the critical raves this book had received and high praise from people around me should be enough to encourage me to see it through to the end.Here is why I found this book lacking without giving too much actual plot away to those who would want to read it themsel
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 specific time and place Secondly, what everyone praises the novel for , the commentary McEwan is making about the novel itself the fact that it is written, that characters and plots are manipulated by th 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 specific time and place Secondly, what everyone praises the novel for , the commentary McEwan is making about the novel it

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  • Paperback
  • 351 pages
  • Atonement
  • Ian McEwan
  • English
  • 24 June 2018
  • 038572179X