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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ncewan by Ian McEwan. Espiazione by Ian McEwan. HardcoverSupercorallipages. Published by Einaudi first published Mceaan see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Espiazioneplease sign up. I watched the movie and it wasn’t as good as I thought ncewan would be Nela In my opinion, the movie is similar in atmosphere at times, but the book is infinitely better.
Plus I don’t think that neither Keira Knightley, nor …more In my opinion, the movie is similar in atmosphere at times, but the book is infinitely better. Plus I don’t think that neither Keira Knightley, nor James McAvoy, nor Romola Garai were good fits for their roles and I watched the movie before reading the book so that really is saying something.
Is this appropriate for a mature year-old? Ernestas Vascenka I think I read it when I was 15 and it has been my favorite ever since. There’s no such thing as “appropriate”. See all 19 questions about Espiazione…. Lists with This Book. This is where a espiaziohe.
I am extremely ambivalent about ia novel–first the pluses: Every line has meat to it, nothing is throwaway, and every visual is so vivid that the reader is transported to a specific espiazoone and place.
Secondly, what everyone praises the novel for jan, the commentary McEwan is making about the novel itself–the fact that it is written, that characters and plots are manipulated by th This is where a 2. Secondly, what everyone praises the novel forthe commentary McEwan is making about the novel itself–the fact that it is written, that characters and plots are manipulated by the author, and how a real character emerges eventually while at the same a written story exists too.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
This is very difficult to write about without revealing anything about the plot, but as one reads the novel, it becomes clear what McEwan is trying to do. Finally, the references to other literature including some of the best novels–Clarissa, Lolita–and novelists–Elizabeth Bowen is directly mentioned, Henry Green and Virginia Woolf are obvious influences is fluid, never forced, and is done to showcase a love of literature.
At the same time, there are downsides to McEwan’s endeavor–how to write a novel that is commenting on its obvious falsity its construction as fictionwhile at the same time trying to convey reality.
This is perhaps an impossible task, and I’m left with the nagging feeling that the novel wants to espiaione its cake and eat it too. The characters and situations are so obviously phony that it becomes distracting in the first part of the story. I was drawn in by the fantastic writing, but then found myself wanting to hurl the novel across the room at some of the ridiculous choices by both the characters and the novelist.
Absolutely zero would fly in a mystery novel let alone real life; 2 The characters in the first part are boring aristocrats who we don’t care about check out a Henry Green novel; except in his novels, the reader continues to laugh at them, there is no attempt at emotional attachment ; 3 The ‘mystery’s’ solution is obvious to the reader before the crime even happens; 4 Briony part 1 is an insufferable narrator as kid narrators, To Kill a Mockingbird excluded, so often are ; 5 The novelist’s choice to name a sexually, precocious teenager ‘Lola’ too obvious a reference.
But these choices are meant to be ridiculous–reality is only supposed to set in in the epilogue. At the same time, I marveled at how real parts 2 Robbie at war and 3 Briony as a nurse–some of the hospital scenes are the best I’ve ever read seemed to be.
Then the question became for me–if they seemed real because of the way the scenes were written the gore again in the hospitalbut could not mewan been real ncewan the characters and overall plot of the Tallis family are so fake, isn’t that cheating? I haven’t reached a conclusion yet, but something is still bugging me about the conception of it. Ultimately I prefer novels that go the opposite route–Paul Auster’s Oracle Night for example–that espiazioen out real and quickly become fake, or throw out the idea of a realistic, consistent plot entirely only in the conclusion does David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas come togetherrather than the never-ending ‘is it real?
View all 6 comments. I watched the movie before reading the book, which was probably a mistake because I loved the movie and I felt that the book didn’t measure up. Which is unfair, I know, but there it is! What impressed me about the book was the powerful statement the author is making on the power of narrative – how much it rules our lives.
in It does not matter whether it is true or false: And when the person in question is I watched the movie before reading the book, which was probably a mistake because I loved the movie and I felt that the book didn’t measure up. And when the person in question is a writer, sometimes the narrative proves too powerful for herself to control. This is what happens to Briony Tallis.
As a pre-teen, she unleashes forces larger than herself which play havoc with the lives of her near and dear. Forces she cannot contain, however much she tries. View all 4 comments. Is it wrong to review a book based on your much more lucid rememberings of the film rather than the actual text itself? Things from the film which were good: Keira Knightley has a nice green dress. I would like a nice green mcewwan like that. Or to quote Jessi – someone has to get me one of those dresses stat!
In Narnia his big wet weepy faun eyes made me want to shoot myself until I iah distracted by Tilda Swinton’s Is it wrong to review a book based on your much more lucid rememberings of the film rather than the actual text itself?
Here he wears a nice neat uniform and probably has averagely hairy legs. That Briony Tallis kid is the exact right level of annoying. And now back to the book: A childish act vengeance after the realisation that a childhood crush will never be fulfilled leads to a series of events which span decades and shape the course of one families existence.
Split into four parts, Briony Tallis recounts the story with startling honesty and a clarity which only comes about with adulthood and a loss of innocence. This story is her Atonement.
Tragic, poetic and one of McEwan’s books which spans a looser time period. I like books which pivot around a core event which is essentially the pin being pulled out of the handgrenade.
One which is so heart stoppingly unchangeable that you know it will haunt the characters for ever. A similar method of “oh-my-god-if-you’d-only-not-done-that-then-we-wouldn’t-have-arrived-at-this-tragically-remorseful-place-now” style writing is also employed to good effect in The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. If you liked this then go and get yourself a copy of The Story of Lucy Gault. View all 5 comments. View all 3 comments. This is one of the rare occasions where a book’s strong point is also its weak.
McEwan captures his characters’ thoughts mcewa personalities in a magnificently detailed manner by analyzing every possible bit of information.
No gesture, no word, no detail of the background fails to contribute to the novel’s tight concept. This espiazipne characteristic, the density and the storm of information is suffocating.
Most of the time, I felt like the story along with the characters could use some space to brea This is one of the rare occasions where a book’s strong point is also its weak. Most of the time, I felt like the story along with the characters could use some space to esiazione. The time gaps between the parts didn’t help the situation either. Although I found the first part gripping and masterfully written, espiazionw long intervals between the rest made me lose the flow of the story and, as a result, feel detached from the characters.
Despite all that, Atonement is by no means a waste of time. It’s filled with this dark sense of guilt and has a certain iwn to it that’s haunting and moving in a deep way. Did I sabotage the book by opting to watch the movie first? Or would it have turned out this way regardless? I like the idea of iam book. Ian McEwan’s definition of atonement is as dazzling as it is strange.
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I also love the prose. So rich and refined. For these reasons alone, I’m giving Atonement 3 stars. The rest of this review, I’m afraid, is a jumbled explanation for why this book made me so mad.
I thought the purpose of this book was to tell a s This. I thought the purpose of this book was to tell a story. A story about how a misunderstanding borne out of innocence could tragically alter so many lives.
But did it really do that?? It tried to, at least in the beginning. But even then, I did not ncewan a minute believe that it was really happening, that all these people actually existed. It felt like the script of a play – everything was carefully rehearsed and choreographed.
Then somewhere past mcewwn halfway mark, the story just stopped and Atonement turned into a documentary on the horrors of WW2. Civilians were getting blown to bits, soldiers were being left to die, villages were turning to rubble I’m not saying it was pointless but it was way overdone.
If these characters felt vague before, they ceased to exist for me then – lost in the mess of war tales. So you see, very little actually happened in the course of pages.