Monday 24 January 2011

McEwan, Ian "Atonement"

McEwan, Ian "Atonement" - 2001

We read this book a couple of years ago and didn't like it at all. I just thought the beginning was soooo boring, going on and on about the same thing without letting you know what he was going on and on about. Anyway, I don't think I'll ever read a McEwan book again since there are so many great authors out there who write great books. Sorry. I didn't want to watch the movie either.

Ian McEwan was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for "Atonement" in 2001. 

We discussed this in our international book club in November 2002.

From the back cover: 
"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."

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