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.
It took me a while to get into this book and I almost put it down as a did not finished but I am glad I stuck with it as I really enjoyed the second half of the novel.
McEwan writes some of the best prose that I have read, and every word has a depth to it that you do not find with most authors. I think this is another reason it took a while to get into this novel as I have found that I need to be in a certain reading mood to read anything by McEwan due to the prose used throughout the novel.
The descriptions used throughout the novel are so graphic and accurate that I felt like I was standing there beside the characters, watching the events unfold in front of my eyes. To me this is usually a sign that I am reading a book by a very talented author.
McEwan is an extremely talented author and knows exactly what he wants to convey through his words. For me this novel was just a bit slow-paced at the start, I love novels that grab my attention from the first line and keep me hooked. However, overall the second half of the book made up for the first half and I highly recommend this book.