Published by Knopf Canada on March 19th 2009
Genres: Fiction, General
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 Tallis’s cleaning lady, whose education has been subsidized by Cecilia’s and Briony’s 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 atone…
Atonement was a slow start for me. The first half has a style that is reminiscent of Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters, neither of which are quite my favorite genres.
But the second half of this book completely sweeps any boredom that the first half may have brought. It’s not often that a novel touches me and makes me ache the way this one did.
See it through, you’ll be glad that you did.
#43 – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.