Atonement is set in three time periods; 1935 England, Second World War England and France, and present day England. It hinges on the fateful mistake of upper-class Briony, who as a child witnesses – and misinterprets – a series of events which lead her to falsely accuse her family’s housekeeper, Robbie, of raping her cousin, Lola. We learn about each person and their character through their own words and thoughts. Guilt, anger and shame twist like a thread throughout this story which is surely Ian McEwan’s best. Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing. You’ll see an estimated delivery date – opens in a new window or tab based on the seller’s dispatch time and delivery service.
I wrote out a couple of paragraphs in a notebook – a young woman comes into an elegant drawing room in search of a vase for the wild flowers she’s just gathered. Outside, tending the rose beds, is the gardener, Robbie. Cecilia is torn – she wants to see him, she wants to ignore him.
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The unfinished nature of the book, whilst frustrating, does leave the reader to think, perhaps considering how to atone, themselves. “The boy was already talking to her as she entered the room”, spilling over with wry observations, curiosity and a puppyish playfulness. Cancer treatment cannot dim the light of his keen intelligence and lust for life.
Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilla strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. “Stop me if I’ve told you this before,” was a sentence my father never uttered. He needed to relive his experiences, especially in the last year of his life.
Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl’s imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
In the 1935 world McEwan recreates, Robbie has little chance to protest against his higher class accusers. Criminal and social laws come down hard on the man who has the audacity to ‘violate’ one of his social superiors. Cecilia later understands ‘the snobbery that lay behind [the family’s] stupidity’.
The reader has possession only of the final version, the one that deliberately invents and distorts in order to re-unite the lovers that she once, as a foolish little girl, irrevocably forced apart. The world of books would look very different without Tom Maschler, who died this week. His authors and former colleagues remember him.
In this careful thematic study of atonement theology in Luke’s double-work, John Kimbell demonstrates that the value Luke attributes to the death of Christ has been underestimated. When all the data is considered, the death of Christ is given greater direct soteriological significance in the Lukan writings than scholarship has generally acknowledged. Specifically, the death of Jesus is portrayed by Luke as an atoning death that brings about the forgiveness of sins. This book does not deny the presence of other soteriological emphases. An excellent film but the beauty of the book is in its writing for McEwan is indeed one of our country’s literary giants. Get lost in his words, the hypocrisy of the upper-class world and then the shattering atrocities of war, right through to its very clever ending.