Truth be told, I actually finished Atonement about a month ago already but for some reason, I haven’t been to put any thoughts on it down on paper. So, in the absence of a well put together review, I have decided to just list the things I liked and the things I didn't like.
Things I liked about it:
- The beginning. I loved the low building of the tension and the anticipation of what would come. I eventually suspected what might happen but I was still shocked when it did.
- The fact that Briony in the beginning of the book made me think of myself when I discovered what writing could be for me.
- The descriptions of the war in the second part were powerful and I found myself cringing or feeling sympathy for characters who weren’t central to the story at all.
- Same thing with the description of the nurses training in the third part. It made me feel the discipline and rigidity of the lifestyle.
- Actually, the descriptions as a whole were really effective.
- The ending. I love stories with a twist and this one I did not expect. Although in hindsight, I probably should have.
- Ian McEwan's style of writing. I’ll definitely be looking out for more of his work.
Things I didn’t like about it:
- The ending. I must admit that at first, I was very put out by the ending. Once I got used to the idea though, it stopped being an issue. I think it’s a testament to how much I cared for the characters.
Overall if you haven’t read Atonement you should. Now I need to track down the movie! In other 5 Books news, I have already made a significant dent in Brave New World and so far so good. Also, unless a can find a copy of Slaughterhouse Five that A) ships to South Africa or B) doesn’t cost the earth, I’m going to switch it for something else instead. Suggestions welcome:)