Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Help save a tree. Buy all your used books from Thriftbooks. Read. Recycle and Reuse.
From the Publisher
The novel opens on a sweltering summer day in 1935 at the Tallis
family's mansion in the Surrey countryside. Thirteen-year-old
Briony has written a play in honor of the visit of her adored older
brother Leon; other guests include her three young cousins --
refugees from their parent's marital breakup -- Leon's friend Paul
Marshall, the manufacturer of a chocolate bar called "Amo" that
soldiers will be able to carry into war, and Robbie Turner, the son
of the family charlady whose brilliantly successful college career
has been funded by Mr. Tallis. Jack Tallis is absent from the
gathering; he spends most of his time in London at the War Ministry
and with his mistress. His wife Emily is a semi-invalid, nursing
chronic migraine headaches. Their elder daughter Cecilia is also
present; she has just graduated from Cambridge and is at home for
the summer, restless and yearning for her life to really begin.
Rehearsals for Briony's play aren't going well; her cousin Lola has
stolen the starring role, the twin boys can't speak the lines
properly, and Briony suddenly realizes that her destiny is to be a
novelist, not a dramatist.
In the midst of the long hot afternoon, Briony happens to be
watching from a window when Cecilia strips off her clothes and
plunges into the fountain on the lawn as Robbie looks on. Later
that evening, Briony thinks she sees Robbie attacking Cecilia in
the library, she reads a note meant for Cecilia, her cousin Lola is
sexually assaulted, and she makes an accusation that she will
repent for the rest of her life.
The next two parts of Atonement shift to the
spring of 1940 as Hitler's forces are sweeping across the Low
Countries and into France. Robbie Turner, wounded, joins the
disastrous British retreat to Dunkirk. Instead of going up to
Cambridge to begin her studies, Briony has become a nurse in one of
London's military hospitals. The fourth and final section takes
place in 1999, as Briony celebrates her 77th birthday with the
completion of a book about the events of 1935 and 1940, a novel
In its broad historical framework
Atonement is a departure from McEwan's
earlier work, and he loads the story with an emotional intensity
and a gripping plot reminiscent of the best nineteenth-century
fiction. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of
childhood, love and war, England and class, the novel is a
profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness and the
difficulty of absolution.
From the Trade Paperback edition.