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Atonement



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Author
McEwan, Ian
Descriptors
Atonement
Childhood
Coming-of-Age
Family Relationships
Love
Prisoners
Rape
Sagas-Family
Sisters
World War II
Young Men
Young Women
Location/Setting:
England
France
Time Period:
1930s
1940s
1990s
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Summary
13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an exchange between her older sister Cecila and Robbie Turner, the housekeeper's son, one hot summer day in 1935, and misunderstands what she sees. The result is the incarceration of Robbie and the changing of the lives of the Tallis girls--changes that follow them into World War II and haunt Briony for the rest of her days.
Critique
Effective and moving. An intricate and surprising novel. Provides a detailed look at the front line in WWII. A beautiful unrequited love story, a well-researched war novel, and a coming-of-age story all wrapped into one complex and deeply satisfying book. Highly recommend.
ISBN
038572179X
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# of Pages
351
Published
2002
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Reviewer's Initials: CO DO MA MA


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