Friday, January 28, 2011
Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan
On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.
McEwan’s prose is so beautiful and intricate. Rarely do writers and their particular styles stand out to me but his is so unique to him that it is impossible not to notice. The descriptions are so detailed and vivid that you almost feel as though you’re right there with the characters. His writing just flows and I thought the switching between narrators was brilliant. I saw the movie before reading the novel and can honestly say I enjoyed the book a lot more. The cinematography was gorgeous but you miss so much without the written words.