November Books 1) Atonement

1) Atonement, by Ian McEwan

A very good book, this, which had been sitting on my “to-read” pile for far too long. Thirteen-year-old Briony tells a lie with huge consequences for her family. As one review put it, there are three stories here – a love story, a war story, and a story about a story. The first two of these were gripping and page-turning; it was with difficulty that I put the book down last night after finishing the first part (my mathematical mind pleased by the fact that it came at page 175 of a 350-page book). I was a bit less convinced by the very last section, which left me wondering to an extent what I had been getting worked up about. Still, much recommended.

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