June 21, 2009

Atonement

Ian McEwan, 2001
Briony's mistake
brings about a tragedy
of unforeseen depths

I chose to read this because I thought the story sounded interesting. He's a very popular author right now, and a film was made from this book...I thought I was in good hands. Now, to clarify, the writing style is amazing and beautiful. This guy can tell a story. The story itself, however, is blatantly pornographic.

I'm not really a prude when it comes to books, so me calling this explicit, means it was really crude. Truth be told, this story did not need the graphic descriptions and vulgarity that the author chose to include. Less is definitely more, McEwan. A truly great story need not be titillating. And the ending? Cheap. (R)

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