Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Atonement by Ian McEwan
There are visitors to the family estate and she witnesses two events, both of which she mis-interprets. Almost immediately Briony realizes that she has made a mistake, but waits years to make amends.
This story left me feeling flat. It didn't seem to go anywhere. Briony came across to me as a spoiled, rich little girl who wanted all the attention focused on her and when she didn't get her way, she stomped off. When that didn't work, she made accusations that drew all attention to her and kept it there.
As for making amends/atonement, all she does is write a couple of letters, have them notarized and she's free. I was hoping for a public announcement or at least a scarlet 'L' emblazoned across her chest. Nope, a simple "I'm sorry" and that's it.
I did listen to an abridged version, so perhaps I missed some important details, but if that's the case, then the editor did a shoddy job. Nothing important should be removed in an abridgement.
This book was read by Josephine Bailey. I didn't like her voice; I found it distracting, too quavery. She was very clear, I could understand every word, but I just didn't like her voice.
Even though this book didn't work for me, I do plan to read another book by Mr. McEwan in the future.
Winner 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner 2002 Los Angeles Times Award for Fiction
Winner 2002 New York Times Best Books of the Year for Fiction
Phoenix Books and Audio Abridged edition 6 hours 3 minutes, read by Josephine Bailey
Cover Photo from Download Library