On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. 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.
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Pared back writing that is meaty . Ian McEwan plays with time and memory and meaning to sculpt a nutritious story.
Very first novel I have listened to by this author and narrator. I enjoyed this very much, the twins were my favourite and the book which I read several years ago is just as brilliant and pleasure to enjoy again. The film is next for me.
"Slow start but beautifully crafted..."
The reason I haven't given this five stars is because of the monotonous start. I nearly gave up. But I stuck with it and, what was a relatively minor event, in the scheme of things, was crafted into a huge web of little mysteries that I wanted resolved. The performance was outstanding and, overall, this is a beautifully written book.
"a bit boring"
part 1 is great but 2&3 are boring, it does drag on about the war to much
"Excellent. Really enjoyed it"
I have read the book but really enjoyed hearing the story - it bought it to life for me.
Really great reading; smooth and handles the language of the book brilliantly.
Overall an excellent story with great characters; beautifully written and thoroughly absorbing.
This is Ian McKewan at his finest. I found this heartbreaking love story totally absorbing. It is awash with emotion and thought provoking details of war, love and the divisions of social class. It is clever in its design and pulls you into the world of characters and the world they lived in. I absolutely loved it.
The book it's self is a gripping tale of love tested by the laws of a prewar society, and the application of a child's imagination on such damning events! Very good read, chosen for my a levels would recommend.
"An evocative tale"
A beautifully told tale of the effect one lie from a child has on a family set against the backdrop of a 1930's upper class family, a war torn London and France and a passionate love that crossed the class barrier.
"Stylish and deep"
Narration superb. Eclipses the film. Excellent in its style and delivery. Better than I had expected for my first book.
"An old fashioned sense of nostalgia"
A fantastic piece by Ian McEwan, with clever uses of the passage of time to leave the reader in suspense, as well as the use of perspective to help gauge the consequences of certain characters actions.
I certainly know that my vocabulary benefited through his depiction of a girls life and her need to achieve atonement.
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