Atonement by Ian McEwan
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Atonement begins in the hot summer of 1935 and centres around a 13 year old girl with a vast imagination and a love of writing who is called Briony Tallis. The story starts when Briony sees her older sister Cecilia strip off and jump into the fountain in the garden of their country estate watched by Robbie Turner the cleaner’s son who was a childhood friend of Cecilia. She lets her imagination run wild and when her cousin Lola is attacked by a man in the night Briony claims to have seen Robbie do it, even though she doesn’t actually know this and it was in fact Paul Marshall her brother’s friend. As a result Robbie and Cecilia, who had just become lovers, are torn apart as Robbie is sent to prison and then the army to fight in France in World War 2. there are many different recurring themes in this book but the one I find most intriguing is that of getting carried away by one’s imagination and writing.
The novel itself is essentially about the......
Approximate Word Count: 838
Approximate Pages: 4 (260 words per double-spaced page)