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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.
Author Biography: Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories and nine novels. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts.
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"A magnificent novel" * Independent * "A superb achievement" * New York Times * "The best thing he has ever written" * Observer * "He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel" * Independent on Sunday * "McEwan's best novel so far, his masterpiece" * Evening Standard * "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama" -- John Updike "Subtle as well as powerful, adeptly encompassing comedy as well as atrocity, Atonement is a richly intricate book... A superb achievement" * Sunday Times * "Atonement is a masterpiece...it is also an elegy to a time which, however volatile, still had certainties" * The Times * "An evocative depiction of the dangers of innocence and ignorance in the face of uncomfortable reality." * Herald * "Brilliantly explores the currents of guilt, shame and anger... Utterly satisfying, complete" * Scotsman * "A complex, thought-provoking novel." -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * "Smoulders with slow-burning menace" * The Times *
ISBN: 9780099429791 ISBN-10: 0099429799 Series: Vintage War Audience:
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old For Grades: 11 - 12 Format:
Number Of Pages: 384 Published: May 2002 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.
McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000.
In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader's Digest Author of the Year.
McEwan lives in London.
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