Synopsis: 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.
Review: This is a beautiful and well written book. It is the only one I have read by Ian but I loved every min of it. The only reason I remember picking up this book in the first place is because a movie was coming out and the books are usually better than the movie so I wanted to read it first and I am glad I did.
It follow’s Birony as she sets about changing the lives of people around her without knowing she is doing it and not realizing till years later the trouble she has caused. You read about the child’s innocence and then realization all in one book. It’s hard because you know what she is doing is wrong but you also have to read and wait till she figures that out for herself. She is a powerful character and one you go from hating to loving to feeling sorry for all in one book.
The descriptions are rich and full of life, even the hard parts that take place during WW2. Ian is a beautiful writer and deserves to be recognized for that. I have yet to read any of his other books but I am sure they are just as rich.
My only issue I had with this book is the fact that there were parts that were a little confusing. Once you realized what was going on it was quite a few chapters after the fact of Ian explaining it.
This is a great book for any history buff and it also has that little bit of love story involved for the women (and men) readers. Even the movie is beautiful in its own way and I recommend also watching that if you get a chance, but read the book first.