Atonement: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2003-02-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Ian McEwan
Ian McEwanâs 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 momentâs flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Ceciliaâs childhood friend. But Brionyâ s incomplete grasp of adult motivesâtogether with her precocious literary giftsâbrings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crimeâs 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.