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But these choices are meant to be ridiculous–reality is only supposed to set in in the epilogue.

Espiazione / Ian McEwan ; traduzione di Susanna Basso. – Version details – Trove

I am fascinated at the complex, and simple eepiazione of the body. The answer to all these questions is yes. Or the letter from the editor telling her the story was incomplete: I was confused at the drastic abbreviation of Robbie’s war tour–though I enjoyed considering the shrapnel as a physical expression of his hidden wound.

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It’s hard to know of course. That Briony Tallis kid is the exact right level of annoying.

I am late on the band-wagon, as usual, and this is my first McEwan novel. If one had survived to grieve and hate then yes, but to have such intense love to have “a reason for life” as Cecilia put it and be reunited after a short time gives their lives meaning and purpose and only makes it tragic for Briony left to regret the consequences of her rash judgment without ever hope of reconciliation. But unlike the case of the returning Baxter character in the third act of Saturdaythis ending is consistent and at once surprising and inevitable.


There is no doubt that McEwan is one of Britain’s greatest literary gods, his beautiful prose had me purrrring mcesan delight Briony’s initial reaction to the fountain scene was that Robbie was proposing marriage.

It is story that screws over them all in the end. Set in three time periods, England, Second World War England and France, and present-day England, it covers an upper-class girl’s half-innocent mistake that ruins lives, her adulthood in the shadow of that mistake, and a reflection on the nature of writing.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Is he trying to be a pompous ass? Jul 14, Cecily rated it really liked it Shelves: There is youthful petulance, coming-of-age rebellion and adults avoiding responsibility and, in truth, the scene is set nicely in the first few pages.

Part 1 is perhaps not quite as idyllic as in the film, but still presents a sharp contrast to the scenes in wartorn France that follow, where lovable Robbie is only referred to with detachment by his surname. It was played over and over again trying to find meaning and purpose to each detail. When I closed the book after the last page I felt like I was sitting back after finishing an amazing meal.


A similar method of “oh-my-god-if-you’d-only-not-done-that-then-we-wouldn’t-have-arrived-at-this-tragically-remorseful-place-now” style writing is also employed to good effect in The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. Around the Year i What McEwan does so well in this is the way he explains the inner thoughts and conflicts of his different characters, especially Briony, both as a naive and self-centred teenager, and as a selfless and guilt-ridden adult.


Jan 31, Angi M added it. It tried to, at least in the beginning. It made the heartbreaking parts of the story even more crushing and while we see that Briony can never really make peace with herself, she gave peace back to those she hurt the only way she could figure out how. There is nothing outside her. I thought Briony’s atonement would come as a nurse on duty, and I held my breath waiting for the improbable meeting.

It is tragic, heart-breaking and full of dark moments. It was a feeling as pure as love, but dispassionate and icily rational. Add a tag Cancel Atonement novel Battle of Dunkirk. Personally, I found that part of the book to be utterly brilliant in its rich, Woolf-like glory. Two things in particular stand out. But even then, I did not for a minute believe that it was really happening, that all these people actually existed.

And only in a story could you enter there different minds and show how they had a equal value. Other then that I thought the acting was phenomenal and I especially thought the character of Briony was really interesting and compelling.


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