Book Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

 My book review of Atonement by Ian McEwan.

Title: Atonement

By: Ian McEwan

Genre: Historical

Pages: 351

Release Date: September 20th, 2001

Publisher: Anchor / Random House

Rating: ★★★★☆


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 the flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.


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I've been reading too many depressing books as of late. It seems my book challenge has lead me down a rabbit whole, but damn are the books excellent.

Ian McEwan has a wonderful way of making the most heartbreaking stories memorable. I found myself drawn to the injustices inside these covers. Hoping and praying they would come to rights, but with some great stories, sadly they came far to late. 

Briany was probably my least favorite character, and for good reason. She pretty much was the cause of the whole story, but if it wasn't for her, there would be no story. So there is that.

Favorite Quote:
“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. Although I wanted to slap a few people every so often, I was generally entertained by this read.

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