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Atonement
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Atonement
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ATONEMENT On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge I not the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of the day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life. Atonement is at its center a profound and profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness, and the difficulty in absolution.

ATONEMENT On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge I not the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of the day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life. Atonement is at its center a profound and profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness, and the difficulty in absolution.

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  • IAN McEWAN has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and eight novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time- winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, and Amsterdam-winner of the 1998 Booker Prize..

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    September 2, 2002
    British actress Bailey delivers a superb reading of Booker Prize–winning author McEwan's (The Child in Time; Amsterdam) ninth novel. Told in three parts—before, during and after World War II—the novel follows the son of the Tallis family's housekeeper, Robbie Turner, who grew up with the Tallis children. Now a Cambridge graduate, he suddenly finds his childhood friend, Cecilia Tallis, enchanting in ways he has never before noticed. As this romance blooms, Briony, Cecilia's younger sister, flits around the fringe, observing from a distance and drawing confused conclusions that will have an overwhelming impact on the rest of their lives. Bailey's crisp, clear, yet soft voice is a good match for this morality tale. Her delivery carries a sense of innocence throughout her performance but changes subtly for each section, establishing the appropriate atmosphere for each scenario. Her gentle reinforcement of the tone and pace set by McEwan provide the listener with a first-class audiobook experience. Based on the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 19, 2001).

  • AudioFile Magazine Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan begins this story in 1935 at a manor house in England. The play within the novel is written by 13-year-old Briony Tallis and rehearsed in the nursery with a cast made largely of little cousins. The play will not be a success, but the girl's gift for melodrama leads her into an erotic fiction with truly dreadful consequences. These resonate against a darkening world. The retreat to Dunkirk and the hospital scenes afterward are superb. Jill Tanner gives a magnificent performance. With perfect diction, she takes us from childish enthusiasm through despair and into wise resignation. Sometimes funny, sometimes not funny, but always English. B.H.C. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
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