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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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May 30, 08

Recommended for: NOBODY
Read in May, 2008

I did not like it Sam, I Am.

I could see what the author was trying to do by writing a book where almost all of the action took place internally rather than externally. It just didn't work for me, though. The writing itself wasn't bad, per se, but I personally didn't care for it. I love descriptive writing, but there is no instance in which I need to read about someone picking out what they are going to wear for 4 pages. I also didn't care for the sexually explicit content or the over use (I thought) of profanity.

I am not sure who it was that read the book and thought it would make a great movie. I strongly disagree, but lots of people loved the movie, so perhaps I am in the minority. I saw the movie first and didn't care for it, but often books are so much better than the movie so I thought I would give it a try. I was very disappointed. I didn't think the book provided much more insight into the characters, a little, but not much.

I did like that the characters were more human than most fictional characters. They were all very flawed, as mortal mean are, but they didn't have enough redeeming qualities to even make me really like any of them. I also thought that the title was ill-fitting. I assume that the atonement was supposed to relate to Briony, but she didn't do enough for me to think that she actually atoned for anything. She didn't even seem to be very remorseful.

I can't think of a single person I would recommend this book to.
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message 1: by Melynda (new)

Melynda Well stated.

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