Thank you, for helping us keep this platform clean. The editors will have a look at it as soon as possible. Delete template? Cancel Delete. Cancel Overwrite Save. Soon, secrets emerge that change the lives of everyone present…. For at heart, Atonement is about the pleasures, pains, and dangers of writing, and perhaps even more, about the challenge of controlling what readers make of your writing.
This haunting novel, which just failed to win the Booker this year, is at once McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive. It is in effect two, or even three, books in one, all masterfully crafted. Young Briony Tallis, a hyperimaginative year-old who sees her older sister, Cecilia, mysteriously involved with their neighbor Robbie Turner, a fellow Cambridge student subsidized by the Tallis family, points a finger at Robbie when her young cousin is assaulted in the grounds that night; on her testimony alone, Robbie is jailed.
The second part of the book moves forward five years to focus on Robbie, now freed and part of the British Army that was cornered and eventually evacuated by a fleet of small boats at Dunkirk during the early days of WWII.
This is an astonishingly imagined fresco that bares the full anguish of what Britain in later years came to see as a kind of victory. In the third part, Briony becomes a nurse amid wonderfully observed scenes of London as the nation mobilizes. In an ironic epilogue that is yet another coup de the tre, McEwan offers Briony as an elderly novelist today, revisiting her past in fact and fancy and contributing a moving windup to the sustained flight of a deeply novelistic imagination.
With each book McEwan ranges wider, and his powers have never been more fully in evidence than here. Author tour. Next post: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Previous post: Middlesex. Last Name. We only index and link to content provided by other sites. Subscribe Our Feed to receive an ebook everyday! Search Ebook. Delete template? Cancel Delete. Magazine: [[F. Cancel Overwrite Save. Don't wait! Try Yumpu. Start using Yumpu now! Please Share This.