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  • Modern classic

    A superb and emotionally powerful study of the impact of a moment in a life.

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  • Love, childhood and adulthood

    It's a masterpiece. Delicate, sad, very well written. It's a tribute to love, despite all obstacles.

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  • A gripping tale of consequences

    A complex book with a complex storyline. The reader is drawn to hate Briony from the very beginning as her arrogant behaviour makes her hard to like. This dislike against the main character is extremely different, and I found it refreshing. As Briony tries to atone for what she has done, I found myself gaining a little respect for her; she at least tries to make things right, however, her childish arrogance has not disappeared as she tries to atone in the wrong way. She means well, but her actions do not quite match her intentions. Great sympathy is felt for Robbie and Cecilia, especially as the twist is revealed and we see the effects of Briony’s actions on their lives. McEwan cleverly spins the book in a way that plays on the idea of perspective. In the first part of the book, we see the story through Briony’s eyes, giving us a child’s perspective. As the book continues, we see Briony mature to an extent. She realises the consequences of her actions, however she still tries to paint herself as the hero who is innocent of guilt; instead choosing to blame the police and adults around her of pressuring her to commit her crime. An excellent book, with an interesting focus on the different perspectives offered by the different characters. It also allows the reader to consider topics such as guilt and consequences of our actions.

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  • Atonement

    Magnifique jeu de niveaux entre le réel -fictif- et l'univers de l'écrivain ,

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