Author: Ian McEwan
Summary: (From Goodreads) 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 1935, 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.
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book:
I really enjoyed this book. One of the best things about this novel is the style of writing, so few modern authors write this way anymore, but McEwan has this beautiful style of elegance in his writing, the words just jumped out of the pages. I loved having paragraphs and paragraphs explaining the scene using metaphors within the scenes to help convey the emotions of the characters and to hint at what's to come. There seem to be a lot who dislike this, but that’s what made this story. It’s the emotion put into words, descriptions, and setting that create this wonderful setting and characters all of which become very real. The author did an amazing job with this; I had the book playing like a movie in my head as I read it, visualizing each scene perfectly. The story was a bit sad, and during the war scenes really shocked you in the realism of it. The author was did an incredible job at bringing you a tiny glimpse of the war. Also, the ending of the story was what really made it. I was shocked and appreciated the ending, the author ties up loose ends, and some of them, the readers won’t like, but it is what makes the story, the ending where it isn’t exactly a happy one for most of the characters. With that said, I highly recommend this book to anyone, it’s a fantastic story combined with elegant style of writing which has created a stunning story you can read over and over again.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes! Especially seeing how the movie wasn't that good. Well the movie was good. If it wasn't a book. I loved the movie as a separate entity, that shares similar plots etc. Then to have it "based on" the book. (Why can't Hollywood just keep the integrity of the books, instead of butchering them up? WHY?)
What to read next: I have yet to read his other works, but if he uses the same styles, the try anything else by him. Also if you like this sort of style, go back to some of those old classics.