December 26, 2002
Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan's book Atonement is a well-told story about the thirteen year old Briony growing up in the thirties in upper-class England. One night she witnesses a crime, and her statements, although well-meant, do not completely match what she actually saw, and she spends the majority of her life trying to seek atonement (forgiveness and set things right) from the people she hurts.

The author cleverly lets us see the developing story from multiple angles; through tapping into several of the actors' minds. Innocent and well-meaning Briony's misunderstandings of the world of the grown ups seem authentic and help understand the developments of the story.

Definitely a recommended read.

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