ISBN 9780099507383,Atonement



Ian McEwan


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780099507383

ISBN-10 0099507382


Number of Pages 371 Pages
Language (English)


Atonement begins in the summer of 1934 in the Tallis family’s country estate. One of the main characters of the novel, Briony Tallis, is introduced to the readers at this point. Briony is a young girl who is thirteen years of age. Briony is shown to be witnessing her sister swimming in the family fountain after undressing. This young girl also notices the fact that Robbie Turner, who is Cecilia’s childhood friend, is watching her sister swim. The readers are informed that Robbie and Cecilia have both returned from Cambridge a short while ago. The series of events that take place after this leave the readers captivated till the end of the book. Cecilia and Robbie ultimately cross their limits with each other by the end of the day, leaving Briony as an eyewitness to things she should never have seen. What follows in Atonement is a rather unfortunate turn of events, which leave Briony seeking atonement throughout her life. The author has been highly successful in creating a storyline that is truly loaded with suspense, drama, and romance. About Ian McEwan The author of this book, Ian McEwan, is also a renowned screenwriter from England. Apart from this book, McEwan has published 13 other books. Some of the books written by McEwan include The Comfort Of Strangers, On Chesil Beach, Amsterdam, and Enduring Love. McEwan was born on the 21st of June, 1948, in Aldershot, Hampshire. He completed his studies from Woolverstone Hall School. Following that, he obtained his degree from the University Of Sussex, studying English Literature. He also attended the University Of East Anglia, where he completed a course in creative writing. McEwan set his foot into the writing arena by publishing a collection of short stories, which won him the Somerset Maugham Award (1976). He has received numerous awards for his literary works, one of the most prominent being the 50th Anniversary Gold Medal by the University Of Sussex, in the year 2012. The Times has listed McEwan in their list of ‘The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945’.