29 August 2007

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Date: August 28, 2007
Recommendation: We like it....we really like it (must be read in the voice of the McCain super fries boy)

http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/bookcovers/atonement.jpg

Soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley, McEwan's novel did not disappoint book club. In fact, it is probably safe to state that it was our favorite book to date. I guess that Alicia wins points for not only having the best diner, but also for having picked the the most well received book. Who would have thought that rape is a more welcoming topic then incest and midwifery?

For the non-book club spectators, a definite recommended read. You may find yourself slightly bored or even annoyed in the first 100 or so pages, but McEwan flexes his critical might by bringing all down with a jaw-dropping, show stopping, glad -you-went-back-to-the-buffet-for-the-final-serving last chapter. It is worth the time you would have put in to get to the end.

Next up for book club - a novel about a place in England, or a hermaphrodite of greek heritage, find out next on Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

how can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God?

4 comments:

Lindsay said...

I agree that the first 100 pages or so are tedious. I actually read this after all of you had finished (I've been slacking - due to people not returing books ontime to the library) and was excited that this was 'the best book' that the book club had read to date only to be quite disappointed during the first bit of the book. I was really angry with Briony and wanted to stop reading the book just to spite her. Although the ending of the book 'makes up' for the slow beginning I can't say this was my favourite. I would however gladly read more of McEwan's work.

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