Atonement - Ian McEwan


By Ian McEwan

  • Release Date: 2002-03-12
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 176 Ratings


National Bestseller 

Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot 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 and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’ s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.


  • Atonement

    By axdrew
    An absolute, beautiful read.
  • Awesome

    By Racniccha
    I was not looking forward to reading this because I was not a huge fan of the movie, and do not usually like romance-focused stories. However this book is far from just a romance, it is a very adventurous novel. I think people in the medical field, like myself, will especially enjoy it. It is now in my top 3 favorite books of all time.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    On a deeply personal level, this is an amazingly beautiful novel. The language and tone are perfect. The characters and settings are painted in vivid detail. And the emotional impact is devastating. I’ve been a McEwan fan for awhile, but this novel transcends with its overall scope of life and betrayal down to its moments of individual truth found in a simple sentence. This is exactly the type of novel that makes us all wish to be writers.
  • Profound

    By Vienna Musik
    Brilliant novel by one of the greatest authors of our time. So powerful the ending will amaze you. Loved it so much purchased more of his works- I recommend them all!
  • Great

    By Tiffers10705
    I watched the movie first but I still liked the book much better loved it good read
  • Atonement

    By jjcams
    Sure Brilliance!