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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Nov. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307396789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396785
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn on March 16 2002
Format: Hardcover
While Ian McEwan's novel seemingly centers around one day and evening when a series of unfortunate events cascades into tragedy for one family, this is only one layer in this mesmerizing book. Below the surface are questions about sin, human fraility, love and, finally, atonement. At the heart of the book is a young girl names Briony and her unformed views of the world which lead her to unfortunate conclusions. As McEwan describes her perspective: .."her life now beginning had sent her a villain in the form of an old family friend...that seemed about right- truth was strange and deceptive, it had to be struggled for, against the flow of the everyday..."
Until I encountered this book, I had begun to wonder if there was truly anything new and original to be read in literature - or only a rehash of themes that had already been worked to death. But McEwan's book not only kept me glued to my seat until I'd finished every last page and read every single word (but slowly, so I could savor the best lines), but made me rethink my beliefs. It made me think about not only love, family ties and betrayals and truth versus fiction but left a reverberation that continues to echo through my days. If this sounds overblown and sentimental, I urge you to read this book yourself before coming to any judgments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Talulah on Nov. 21 2011
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I love this novel.
This is the novel that solidified Ian McEwan for me, and many others. Its just such a great novel. Th movie was also a spectacular adaptation. i might have chosen someone else to portray Cecilia instead of Keira Knightley but thats a minor detail.
I loved the way this book was written, the subtleties of the novel and the life lessons I learned. This is a dark novel but it is so worth reading and is highly influential! Love this novel. Definitely will reread from time and time again.
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Format: Paperback
"ATONEMENT" is a highly provocative novel of complex plots and characters. You have to pay attention to truly enjoy it, but that shouldn't be a problem because the writing is engrossing enough to make you want to do that. It would be easy to compare it to "MY FRACTURED LIFE" because of the use of nontraditional protagonists, however I prefer to challenge that "ATONEMENT" and any other book be judged individually. "ATONEMENT" and "MY FRACTURED LIFE" are both excellent and I recommend them both, but not for their similarities, but for their inherent uniqueness. The should be read as individual books and judged as individual books. From my point of view, "ATONEMENT" is a strong and compelling book that stands on its own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Dec 19 2007
Format: Paperback
I am re-reading the book for the third time now and it never gets tired. This is such a beautiful, heart-breaking story that you cannot afford to miss reading it if you are a literature buff, or just appreciate really great fiction.

The details and lushness of the imagery are breath-taking. A very detail specific book, but that is one of the things I appreciated in the book. I can't say too much or I'll spoil the story, but I highly recommend it.

I would also recommend the movie, it's excellent. Especially the performances by lead actors James McAvoy and Keira Knightley.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Just another reader on Aug. 5 2005
Format: Paperback
Frankly, I'm not too sure about this one. The language is great but I found it too 'elongated'. I guess it's just me..going into details for a certain scenario for too long isn't my taste.
So for readers out there who are like me (I like books like 'Gap Creek', Frank McCourt's, Drowning Ruth, Umberto Eco's 'Name Of The Rose', etc. etc.)..you might want to think again before reading this.
I'll give Ian's work another chance though..I have his 'Saturday'... maybe that will change my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 11 2004
Format: Paperback
I feel all has been said and I'm repeating the earlier reviews but I have to write because I so enjoyed this book. The first few chapters were a bit long, a lot of descriptions.
Once it picks up, the story is incredible. This author can write about is characters in a way that is almost impossible to describe. You get in the heads of the people and there is no going back. Not only is the plot interesting, hte narrative itself is enough to sustain the book. And, unlike most novels I've read lately, I was SO happy with the ending. I won't say more so I won't spoil it for other readers.
This was the first novel of this author I've read. I'm going to read all his books.
READ this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21 2006
Format: Paperback
In the realm of modern literature, no star seems to be shining as brilliantly as that of Ian McEwan, and Atonement is a work of truly magical beauty and grace. McEwan's writing makes the English language come alive with all sorts of powerful emotions and complex subtleties. I can't say that Atonement is a particularly happy sort of book, but there's no reason why it should be. Life's most important lessons are learned in times of sorrow and regret, and the lynchpin of this story is one girl's crime and the troubles that it brings cascading down upon a number of important lives with a terrible force, made even more tragic by the onset of war with the Third Reich. Those looking for a light read may not find themselves immersed in Atonement; not only does it take a while for the novel to really take off, it is broken up into several somewhat drastically different narrative flows. It all works beautifully in the end, though, and casts a hypnotic spell over the reader.

First, we meet young, precocious, writer-to-be Briony Tallis and her family and friends. The family home is suddenly filled with life again as Briony's brother and his friend from college come to visit - sister Cecilia having returned home from school a few months earlier, three cousins have moved in after their mother left her husband and ran off to Paris with another man, and Robbie Turner is once again a fixture on the landscape. The son of a family servant, Robbie is an unofficial member of the family whose education has been financed by Briony's always-absent father.
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