Atonement (Movie Tie-in Edition)

By Ian Mcewan
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307387158, 368pp.)

Publication Date: November 6, 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback

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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.

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize. He lives in London.

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  1. What sort of social and cultural setting does the Tallis house create for the novel? What is the mood of the house, as described in chapter 12? What emotions and impulses are being acted upon or repressed by its inhabitants? How does the careful attention to detail affect the pace of Part One, and what is the effect of the acceleration of plot events as it nears its end?

Praise For Atonement (Movie Tie-in Edition)

“A tour de force.... Every bit as affecting as it is gripping.” —The New York Times“Lush, detailed, vibrantly colored and intense.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama.” —John Updike, The New Yorker“Luminous.... Atonement is brilliant.” —Newsweek“No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan.” —The Washington Post Book World“McEwan could be the most psychologically astute writer working today, our era’s Jane Austen.” —Esquire

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