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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Feb 21, 12

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So this book utterly swept me away in its gorgeous prose. This was my first Ian McEwan novel but most certainly will not be my last. His rich portraits of Cecelia, Robbie, and Briony and the world they inhabit absolutely carry you away which is why he makes you feel so passionately what happens to all of these characters even Briony in her flawed nature. There is a humanity that McEwan brings to this story that anyone can relate to. The portion of following Robbie at war did feel long at some parts, but even then I still fully enjoyed it. This story is so rich and tragic that you find yourself constantly hoping that they finally find their peace and happiness when it is clearly not possible.
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Quotes Caroline Liked

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“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
Ian McEwan, Atonement

Ian McEwan
“It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.”
Ian McEwan, Atonement

Ian McEwan
“Was everyone else really as alive as she was?...If the answer was yes, then the world, the social world, was unbearably complicated, with two billion voices, and everyone's thoughts striving in equal importance and everyone's claim on life as intense, and everyone thinking they were unique, when no one was.”
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“The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ”
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Ian McEwan
“...falling in love could be achieved in a single word—a glance.”
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“A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader's. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.”
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“Wasn't writing a kind of soaring, an achievable form of flight, of fancy, of the imagination?”
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“And though you think the world is at your feet, it can rise up and tread on you.”
Ian McEwan, Atonement


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