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Atonement ~ Ian McEwan

Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction:

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.

My thoughts:

Hurray for the first time in months I have finished a book!

I throughly enjoyed Atonement. The author does tend to ramble quite a lot but nevertheless still a good read.

I thought the second half of the book was better than the first and indeed I know of quite a few people who gave up on it before it got really good. So I am glad I stuck with it.

Set mostly during WWII, It tells the tale of how one moment in time, one mistake, can change the future so dramatically.

I find all thing WWII related really interesting so to get different points of view from Nurses and Soldiers was fasicinating.

Quite a sad tale really but totally compelling. Going to watch the film now! 🙂

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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The ‘blurb’
It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come…

This is a very gentle story of two people and their first sexual experience. For those of us who grew up in more liberal times, it’s rather hard to imagine a time where people didn’t discuss their feelings, fears, wants etc before embarking on the lifetime commitment of marriage.

Edward shows a complete lack of compassion and understanding towards his new wife. She is terrified of having sex for the first time – he can think of nothing else. If he’d talked to her about her worries and been patient then it’s likely they’d have overcome these fears and worked things out. As it was, he was rather gutless in letting her walk away – he was thinking only of his needs and not considering hers.

I can’t say it was the most exciting book that I’ve ever read, and on that basis I wouldn’t say to anyone that it is a book they must read but I think the word ‘quaint’ sums this book up nicely and on that basis, I enjoyed it! Continue reading

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