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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Nov 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, time-pieces, great-story
Recommended to Leila by: Dad
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

This book is about a family in a country home in England and the events that occur on one summer day in 1935. The book is split into four parts. The first part is about the one day that changes the rest of there lives. This part moves very slow, focusing on character development. The perspective changes from character to character through the chapters and builds to the climax a the end of the day.

Part two is the story of Robbie, years later during the war. It follows how his life turned out as a consequence of the events of that one fateful day.

Part three follows Briony five years later. She is working as a nurse during the war. She is haunted by the events of that day and cannot find the strength inside herself to undo her wrongs. We follow her as she comes to terms with what she did and struggles to make the right choices now.

The forth part I cannot say much about. These pages change the entire scope of the story and make you feel all the more connected to the characters. This portion of the book is only a few pages but it is the part that you will think about as you lie in bed trying to sleep.

If this review seems vague it is only because every twist and turn of this plot should only be taken by reading the book itself and seeing it all unfold from a complete mystery.

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