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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Feb 03, 08

Read in February, 2008

I am not sure if maybe I just don't get this book or what? But I had a really hard time getting into the first 1/3 of this book. It seemed to endlessly go on and on about every little detail, and although beautifully written, after a while I felt like I was stuck in a beautiful but frozen world where emotion never fully flourished. I often felt like I was looking out at the world from a character's eyes but never really getting into his or her head. The character development was lacking for me as I never really felt attached to any of the characters in any way. And by that I don't mean that I wanted one-dimensional characters that I could clearly hate or love. I hate those type of characters too. What I mean is that I never got to the point where I felt that even if I didn't agree with one of the characters that I at least felt like i understood them a little better. I just never got to that point. Once again the writing was beautiful, but the plot was predictable and almost unbelievable.
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Amanda YES YES YES! I'm just started reading it yesterday and I feel exactly the same way! I'm on chapter 9 almost 10 and all I have to show for it is an endless description of the property and how the light illuminates different rooms of the house depending on what time of day it is. There's so much background information on every single character that I feel like I couldn't possibly need. I keep plodding on though because everyone who's seen me reading this at work swears it's amazing. I hope it picks up and something happens fast. I was thinking the exact same thing earlier, that while the wiring and description is beautiful it's never ending and drags on. I hope it starts to get good soon!

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