Book #83: Atonement, by Ian McEwan

You may have noticed that my book number has jumped a bit since my last post — I decided not to write on a few of my readings (mostly because they were school assignments), but if you interested in seeing what I’ve read, take a look at my 2014 reading list.

Atonement was one of the original sixteen novels on my reading list at the beginning of 2014, so I’m happy I was able to cross it off. I watched the movie in the summer of 2013 and I loved it, so it was only a matter of time before delving into the novel.

The story is told from multiple perspectives and across a wide range of time, but it primarily deals with the time surrounding World War II in England, focusing on the lives of the Tallis family. The first section of the novel follows the course of a single summer day that irrevocably changed the lives of the Tallises and those around them (I realize this is vague, but I don’t want to ruin the story for those who don’t know it).

Generally, I found this to be a delightful (if not upsetting) read, and it’s been a great distraction from the many things I have due before the end of the semester. I particularly appreciate McEwan’s ability to write from inside the mind of a thirteen-year-old girl; Briony’s voice rings very true to a reader who remembers the strangeness of adolescence.

Like I said, I’m busy with finishing up my schoolwork, but I’m looking forward to more free time I can inevitably fill with leisurely reading and shameless TV marathons. Enjoy the last moments of this Thanksgiving holiday; Christmas — and vacation — are just weeks away!

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