Atonement

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Random House, 2011 - Country life - 372 pages
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On the hottest day of summer in 1934, Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is her childhood friend, Robbie Turner. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have changed for ever: Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed an unimagined boundary, and Briony will have committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

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User Review  - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing

The pace was actually sluggish for me at the beginning; however once I was into part 2 it picked up nicely. Really enjoyed the characters; and while I don't usually enjoy "switched" endings; this one ... Read full review

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

The first part is rather difficult to follow, but it is worth sticking with this book. The title is perfect for the story ... but that doesn't become obvious until the last part of the book. A ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach, Solar, Sweet Tooth and The Children Act.

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