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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Jul 27, 11

Read in September, 2010

This book reminds me greatly of 'Romeo and Juliet' and the question of whether or not such a passionate love between two people could ever survive into old age and the mundane activities of everyday life. It also begs the question; at what age does someone become truly responsible for their actions? The ending, with Briony as an old woman, felt a little bit anticlimatic but it brought the noel to a good finishing point as the reader gets to find out what has happened to earlier characters. Briony's naivety was well done and her misunderstanding of the relationships around her well written. I'm still undecided over whose ending for the two lovers I prefer; Briony's or McEwan's, and, for me, that alone made it well worth reading.

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