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Atonement
Atonement | Ian McEwan
From the Booker Prize winning author of Amsterdam, a brilliant new novel.On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, 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, son of the Talliss cleaning lady, whose education has been subsidized by Cecilias and Brionys father, and who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By day's end, their lives will be changed irrevocably. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not imagined at its start. And Briony will have witnessed mysteries, seen an unspeakable word, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atoneBrilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of love and war and class and childhood and England, An Atonement is a profound and profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and of the possibility of absolution.From the Hardcover edition.
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mcctrish
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Atonement with Kiera Knightly might be the BEST page to screen adaptation ever imo #sundayfunday

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh that is a good one! The book and the movie crushed me. And that green dress! I don't think there is another dress in film that has a bigger hold on me. 💚 3mo
mcctrish @ChaoticMissAdventures honest to god I almost mentioned the green dress in my blurb! Absolute god tier! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @mcctrish right?? Absolutely cannot think of that movie without thinking of The Dress. 3mo
BookmarkTavern A very good pick! Thank you for sharing! 3mo
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CrystalE02
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I love this book. I loved the plot of the book and the characters. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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TheSpineView
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Eggs 🖤🔪🖤 8mo
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Sharpeipup
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Another #blameitonlitsy read that might require a rewatch of the movie…

Sparklemn I love that movie. I think I enjoyed it more than the book. How about you? 9mo
Sharpeipup @sparklemn I agree. 9mo
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dabbe
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dabbe
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Pickpick

What a beautifully written, descriptive novel. Part 2 had one of the best depictions of the effects of war I have ever read, except for THE ILIAD. That's saying something! That being said, I would have preferred a bit more action than mostly description. You really had to care about the characters to keep wanting to follow their paths.

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anushareflects
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Beautiful writing, morally grey plot, war narrative. This book really makes you question supposed “good intentions”, and show so many facets of love, grief, forgiveness, and atonement.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Thanks for the tag @sprainedbrain #manicmonday

📕 Atonement (a few favourites, but this is my top)
✍️ Jane Austen 👌
🎥 Absolute Power (I don‘t watch a lot of movies, I enjoyed this)
🎙 Annie Lennox (you must be guessing my age)
🎶 All Out Of Love - Air Supply (now you know #eightiesgirl )

Tagging anyone who wants to play.

CBee Atonement and Austen are definitely favorites today! Thanks for playing, fellow 80s girl 👏🏻👏🏻♥️♥️ 2y
merelybookish Those Air Supply ballads. (I remember listening to them on 45. So also showing my age. 👵) 2y
Deblovestoread Love all your A‘s although I didn‘t see the movie but read the book.💜 2y
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BooknerdsLife Ahh!! Love Annie Lennox & all the Air Supply songs!!! 🤗💗 Proud to be showing my age too 😄 2y
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish I love All Out Of Love! ❤️ But my absolute favorite Air Supply song is Making Love Out Of Nothing At All. I have the single on vinyl! 😂 2y
TrishB I put Atonement as my film as I don‘t watch a lot either! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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@CBee is bringing back #ManicMonday! I love this game because I can change my picks almost as often as I change my mind. 😜

📖 Atonement (tagged)

✍️ Austen, of course… but she has competition (Atwood, Atkinson, Adiche)

🎥 Adore (2013) only because I wouldn‘t let myself pick Atonement for this category too.

🎤 Avenged Sevenfold

🎵 Adore You by Harry Styles (this is the hardest category!)

Tagging some friends, but everyone play!

#LetterA

AmyG Props for Adore You.🙌🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes to Atonement! Thanks for the tag! 2y
CBee Hooray!! Thanks for playing 😊♥️ 2y
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melissajayne
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I haven‘t read it for awhile, but I did really enjoy it both times I have read the book. Fun fact: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Paul in the movie adaptation. #lettera #alphabetgame

@AnneCecilie

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AllDebooks
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#Alphabetgame #letterA

Great idea for a fun game and recap over our best reads. Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors, Atonement, one of his finest.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2y
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perfectsinner
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Panpan

Hated this book

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perfectsinner
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She was the sort of girl who lived in her thoughts

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Brooke_H
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“As a child, Turner had once tried to persuade himself that preventing his mother‘s sudden death by avoiding the pavement cracks outside his school playground was a nonsense. But he had never trodden on them and she had not died.”

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Brooke_H
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Morning reading. You can tell how long I‘ve had this book by the “soon to be a major motion picture” sticker on the cover. 😂

SRWCF IDAHO???? I'm from Idaho!!! 2y
Brooke_H @SRWCF My husband is from Idaho. We‘re in CA now. But I love my Idaho mug! ☺️ 2y
SRWCF @Brooke_H Where in Idaho? I live in Boise and have been here for 45 years. (Lordy, that makes me sound ancient - I'm 50.) 2y
Brooke_H @SRWCF He was born in Rigby but his family now lives in Idaho Falls. 2y
SRWCF @Brooke_H Oh, very nice!!! 2y
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Chiperskee
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In the nightmare of the dark, all the dogs of Europe bark

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #atonement #ianmcewan #bookbeast #bookjoy #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

EvieBee This is a good one! Currently reading 2y
BoleyBooks @EvieBee - Oh that sounds interesting! Have a nice weekend 😊 2y
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scripturient
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I was tagged in the #whitestackchallenge over on Instagram and thought I‘d post it here as well. Feel free to join in by posting a white/wintry stack of your own. 😊

LeahBergen So pretty! 2y
TrishB Great stack 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain So festive! ❤️ 2y
marleed So pretty! 2y
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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 78th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Ast_Arslan
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs
#JulyJourneys

Day 7 - #Tellthetruthday

One of my fav movie ❤
I always thought that this scene is one of the most powerfull in the entire movie ❤
I love Robbie's monologue 🥺
One day I will also read the book 😂

Eggs Well done 👍🏼📖🤗 3y
Ast_Arslan @Eggs thanks ❤ 3y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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The first part was a bit slow going for me, and I questioned why everyone loves it so much. It picked up in the second part and then, THE ENDING. I am so distraught, I literally want to just lie in bed all day and cry. The prose is masterful and the tension and suspense are deeply felt. This haunting examination of innocence vs. awareness and how one event can ripple through time is one I wish I could experience again for the first time. 5 ⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #bookspin read for June! 3y
TrishB It certainly hits you! 3y
Kimberlone Highly recommend the movie next. It‘s an excellent adaptation and the ending hits just as hard. 3y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Kimberlone I still need a good cry, so I am going to watch it tonight! 😆 3y
Kimberlone @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks the screenplay, the acting, the cinematography...it‘s a beautiful film! 3y
Reagan This book was so good! It took me the better part of a year, I did find it really challenging to get past the first 1/3 but wow was it worth it! The ending 😩 3y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TrishB Right in the feels! 3y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Reagan I‘m so glad I stuck with it! 3y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @kimberlone I watched the movie the other night. It was so good! James McAvoy was heartbreaking. 3y
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Kimberlone
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#BlackandWhite cover for Day 3 of #CuriousCovers.

I haven‘t read this one in many years, but it‘s also one of my favorite movies and the book is also excellent. One of the few book to movie adaptations that are both really good on their own and as a adaptation. I need to reread this sometime.

Eggs 🖤⚪️🖤👍🏼 3y
Kimberlone @WanderingBookaneer that has been on my TBR forever. I will get to it eventually! (edited) 3y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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My #bookspin bingo card for June! I was SO close to getting a bingo last month, so I am determined to get at least one this month! The #bookspin and #doublespin books being in the same row helps. 😜

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! 3y
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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McEwan‘s writing is very Literary(TM). Atonement actually has an interesting story, and I can see how it would make for a good movie, but it‘s just buried underneath McEwan‘s turgid prose. It was so overwrought at times I burst out laughing; weed isn‘t just weed, it‘s a “cigarette that drives young men of a bohemian inclination across the borders of insanity”. Not to my taste. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/atonement-ian-mcewan/

TheLudicReader I love how people have differing views on books. Both my kids studied this in AP English and would argue that this is the most perfect novel ever written. (Of course, my daughter said the same thing about Twilight when she was 13, so there‘s that.) I also loved this book, but McEwan does tend to go on. Lol 3y
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CharlesSwann
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One of my ATFs. Tragic romance in WWII England. The ending is a gut punch. Terrific book.

TrishB Love this one too 👍🏻 3y
Nute Excellent book! Excellent movie! 3y
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ChemistKat
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My nice thrift store find copy has a satin ribbon bookmark that just became an unintentional cat toy. Half of the cat‘s reasoning is that Cicero loves dangly stringy things and half is that she hates me paying attention to anything but her 😹😹😹

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 4y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Pickpick

I have a super soft spot for McEwan. On more than one occasion he has pulled me out if a reading slump.
Saw this movie years ago and was curious how much I would remember, it follows the book fairly well.
The characters are interesting and engaging, the story has a few twists and turns and as with most of his work (not you Cement Garden) I feel right into the atmosphere and story.

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Sparklemn
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I enjoyed the book but the movie absolutely wrecked me. 💙💙💙 It haunts me to this day.

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KarenUK
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OriginalCyn620 Good choices! 4y
PerksOfBeingABookworm Fingersmith wasn‘t at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it! I‘m hoping to read more of her books in the future. 4y
JamieArc I think Fingersmith is one of the books I end up recommending most. 4y
MrsMalaprop Me too ❤️❤️❤️. 4y
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bthegood
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Mehso-so

I liked the story, but really had a hard time getting through it. Maybe it was how the story was written or maybe it was me, just not in the mood for it. It became a chore. Perhaps I'll pick it up and read again someday.

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bthegood
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This is a bit slow moving for me, nice weather might move it along 😊

TrishB It‘s slow, but wonderful and 💔 4y
bthegood @TrishB I'll keep reading, thx! 4y
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Nebklvr
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Panpan

Melodramatic twaddle with flat characters and a needlessly complicated plot.

LapReader Sounds perfect to me. Ha! 4y
rockpools This made me laugh. I knew there was a reason I‘d avoided it! 4y
Nebklvr @RachelO @LapReader Sorry! Slightly bitter. This was the second chance for this author and Nope! 4y
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DHill
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Yes. Yes I‘m crying.

Reviewsbylola This is one of those books that I read so long ago that I don‘t remember. May be time for a reread. 4y
TrishB Oh I definitely cried and swore! Didn‘t see it coming 💔 4y
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MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I bought this years ago for a re-read. Still haven‘t done it. 😂 4y
MsMelissa This book had that effect on me too 😢 4y
Reviewsbylola Your intentions are solid. 😆 @MicheleinPhilly 4y
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MoonWitch94
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I first read this years ago before the movie came out, and I never finished it. I thought the movie was spectacular and heartbreaking beyond anything I had ever seen. But now, having read the novel, I actually find the film 🎞 to be better. The writing was eloquent and moving. But in general I was either enthralled or bored while reading—there is no in between. I don‘t know if I‘d be interested in reading his other works. #AuthorAMonth

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MoonWitch94
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Not as much reading as I had hoped this weekend BUT all things considered, it was still helpful! I was able to focus on my reading challenge for #AAM and #PotterADay but still haven‘t started Sense & Sensibility. Eventually I‘ll get there. Thanks so much to the hosts for once again putting this together. In this rough moment of time, it‘s nice to do something together as a community. #24b4Monday

BeansPage Agreed! And thank you for participating sweetheart! ❤️❤️ 4y
Andrew65 Agree we need community support and tasks at the moment. Well done on what you did achieve 👏👏👏 4y
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dariazeoli
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No tears here, just some anger. I think McEwan wrote this story well, because he kept me feeling things for the characters even as the focus zigged and zagged through the years. It did hit me, the statement about becoming inventions, fantasies, after we are gone. We are the star of our story. It‘s easy to forget the story is different when you‘re in a supporting role someone else‘s.

#AuthorAMonth

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DHill
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I saw the movie years ago and loved it. Finally reading it for #authoramonth. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

Melismatic It was so good! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚💔 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 💔💔 4y
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dariazeoli
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On the one hand, I want to get through the second half of this book so I can watch the film.

On the other hand, I‘m not ready to hate Saiorse Ronan in something, and she‘s such a good actress that I know she‘s going to bring it as Briony. Foolish, infuriating Briony! I know she‘s just a kid, but I‘m so pissed at her right now!

#AuthorAMonth

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 I loved the book AND the film! 4y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh my gosh, but the second half! Savor it! 4y
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dariazeoli
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#AuthorAMonth

How I felt when I reached the end of Chapter 8 this afternoon, Chrissy Teigen edition.

sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 4y
dariazeoli @sprainedbrain So much second-hand embarrassment! 😁 4y
diovival LOL 4y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have a copy of this picture saved on my phone as a reaction because I need it at least once a week. It's so diverse. 😂 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Though not the main focus of the story, Briony became a trainee nurse in London later in the story.

#BiblioMAYnia #aboutanurse

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 4y
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Melismatic
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A quick read for #AuthorOfTheMonth - I‘ve never read this author before (or seen the film adaptation)...but I really enjoyed his style. Thought-provoking without having to spell it all out for the reader. There‘s 3 sides to every story...

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dariazeoli
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AmyG Ha- great pillow. 4y
Cathythoughts 2d time I‘ve seen Atonement on here today .... must read it 👍🏻❤️ 4y
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DHill
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Ready for the weekend.

#authoramonth
@Soubhiville

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Kerrioke
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It‘s been awhile, but I‘m finally catching up on some #LitsyLove. Between moving, starting a new job, and the general craziness of the world today, my mind has been too scattered to sit and write. But your letters have been a bright spot in all of it and I‘m so appreciative! A special shout-out to @Kaila-ann for this surprise book! Thank you so much 😊 ❤️ Now to get to writing!