This beautiful, painful story of a life examined invokes a sibling drama of accusation and betrayal that unfurls within the scape of WWII Britain. McEwan so exactingly adheres to a self-defined law of consciousness, with hat-tips to Virginia Woolf and Henri Bergson, that he creates something close to a philosophical model of time that is characterized by an intense, inexorable subjectivity. Atonement is a powerful novel, full of horrors, that gave me more than one reason to smile.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PR6063.C4 A88 2002
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Chris Rynd, Senior Writer, University Advancement
Rating: Highly Recommended