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Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Sep 05, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Kristi by: Annalisa
Recommended for: anyone who likes well written books
Read in August, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Many, many thanks to Annalisa for recommending this book to me. Reading it was a journey of mixed emotions. I was enchanted by the writing throughout, especially the writing about writing. I loved the thought processes of Briony. I also remember wondering once if everyone else had the same unique thoughts and aspirations that I had. I loved reading about her journey as a writer. I also enjoyed reading about Cecilia and Robbie, but my enjoyment was tainted. I was hoping too hard for a happy ending. From what I had heard about the book, I was sure there wouldn't be one and I was prematurely disappointed. I struggled to continue reading through most of the middle third of the book. I was on a cruise and this book did not fit my usual light vacation reading requirements. I complained to my companions about the book at regular intervals. Then I finished the final chapter. I was blown away. I think the juxtaposition of what I thought happened and what really happened was powerful and beautiful. I reread the final chapter of the war section and the final chapter of part two and those parts took on new meaning. I was laying out in the Mexican sun and crying to myself. Highly recommended, but you have to finish it to understand.
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Annalisa It's beautiful isn't it? And so much better than your last read :). Without having ever heard anything about this book I knew the sadness the ending would have, all signs pointed to that direction, but it still surprised me. I just wanted the story to get back to Robbie and Cecilia because even though you know what's coming, it's written so you have to hope for a happy ending. He's a good writer because he knows how to play with your emotions.

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