Monday, September 5, 2011

AtonementAtonement by Ian McEwan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

I kept thinking this as I read this book and thought about what can happen when someone lies. We were raised that it is better to always tell the truth no matter the consequence. The main charater in this book, Briony, just couldn't resist spinning a story, not realizing the impact it would have on the people directly affected by her lie. A very good story and eloquently written.

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