On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses the 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.
After watching the movie version I was honestly a bit disenfranchised with the whole premise. I thought by reading the novel version I would come to love the movie my friends fell in love with.
I have to say that the movie did a fantastic job of following the book. I only gained a few minor details here and there. The really only drastically different part was the ending and to tell you the truth, I liked the movie’s ending better. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book. If you have seen the movie, don’t bother.
- McEwan, Ian. Atonement. New York: Anchor, 2007. Print. 251 pgs. ISBN: 038572179X. Source: Library.