Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Atonement . . . one more down

Wow, this book was good. Obviously, it was well-written, descriptive and easy to read.

I love the time period (WWII era) and I love the location (England). I understood the themes: love and death, truth and imagination. I understood the main character's reasons for lying and yet, I was left hating her for the selfish destruction she caused. I'm not sure that her effort at atonement is justifiable for the the lives she destroyed, but nonetheless it is her effort.

It is very much like the movie as I recall. Both the movie and book are excellent.

I am left a little sad though. It does tug at the heartstrings and forces the reader to go through a gamut of emotions.

Good stuff.

3 comments:

Melody Strong Harrell said...

Girl! you've got a lot of reading to do! I can't say i cared for Atonement very much - i found it deeply disturbing :) I'm reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" right now. 540 pages - wouldn't catgorize it as an "easy read"; though it is enjoyable for the most part :) Good luck!

Andrea and Grant said...

I've requested The Time Traveler's Wife from the library. I am number 190 in line!!! Didn't realize it was that long. And, yes, Atonement was very disturbing. Scary, really.

Sarah said...

I really liked Atonement. I thought the book was better than the movie. It is troubling but very much exposes how a single lie can exponentially change more than one life. You need to follow it with a light, funny read!