After finishing Gabriel García Márquez’s literary gem, One Hundred Years of Solitude, I decided to pick a book with romance at its heart. While wandering the shelves of the local library one hot afternoon, I came across Atonement.
The tale is of a young girl, Briony Tallis, who is at the age where she believes she fathoms adults and their complex emotions. As a result of her trying to act as she thinks an adult would, she implicates the young man (Robbie Turner) who is in love with her sister in a horrendous crime. Because of her behavior, the pair endure a separation, which is further aggravated with World War II.
Penned by British author Ian McEwan, I will admit that the book caught my eye for a superficial reason – I was completely enamored by the movie that was filmed based on it and yes, wanted to explore the role James McAvoy portrayed. I just couldn’t quite help myself.
Nonetheless, what I discovered as I delved further into my reading was wonderful writing, complete with what seemed like poetic descriptions of people, situations and things. I appreciated the way the author was able to put into words so lyrically the setting of a place, identifying even the tiniest of details.
I also had a deep appreciation for the thoughtful method McEwan presented a love story not simply from the point of view of two lovers, but of those who had catastrophic affect on their precious bond. And even though I was still enraged by the central character by the end of the book, I found myself pondering on what I would do if I were stuck in such a situation.
All in all, the book was a dreamy read and the perfect book for a spring day.