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Free read Ñ Atonement å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free õ Vacaciones de verano de 1935 En la casa de campo de la familia Tallis el señor se encuentra en Londres y la madre se ha encerrado en su habitación con migraña Briony la hija menor observa desde una ventana cómo el intenso calor empieza a teñir de amarillo A el final de la obra Briony sabrá expiar sus culpas ingresando como enfermera en uno de los muchos hospitales londinenses ue acogen la avalancha de heridos procedentes de las playas de Dunkerue Uno de ellos es el propio Robbie Turner; otro el sargento McEwan padre de Ian Una obra maestra en la ue conmoción amor culpa y sacrificio discurren en torno a unos personajes tan profundos como el propio narrad. This is where a 25 star rating would be ideal I am extremely ambivalent about this novel first the pluses the writing is gorgeous; McEwan has some of the best prose out there Every line has meat to it nothing is throwaway and every visual is so vivid that the reader is transported to a specific time and place Secondly what everyone praises the novel for the commentary McEwan is making about the novel itself the fact that it is written that characters and plots are manipulated by the author and how a real character emerges eventually while at the same a written story exists too This is very difficult to write about without revealing anything about the plot but as one reads the novel it becomes clear what McEwan is trying to do Finally the references to other literature including some of the best novels Clarissa Lolita and novelists Elizabeth Bowen is directly mentioned Henry Green and Virginia Woolf are obvious influences is fluid never forced and is done to showcase a love of literature At the same time there are downsides to McEwan's endeavor how to write a novel that is commenting on its obvious falsity its construction as fiction while at the same time trying to convey reality This is perhaps an impossible task and I'm left with the nagging feeling that the novel wants to have its cake and eat it too The characters and situations are so obviously phony that it becomes distracting in the first part of the story I was drawn in by the fantastic writing but then found myself wanting to hurl the novel across the room at some of the ridiculous choices by both the characters and the novelist Namely 1 The main plot twist makes little realistic sense Absolutely zero would fly in a mystery novel let alone real life; 2 The characters in the first part are boring aristocrats who we don't care about check out a Henry Green novel; except in his novels the reader continues to laugh at them there is no attempt at emotional attachment; 3 The 'mystery's' solution is obvious to the reader before the crime even happens; 4 Briony part 1 is an insufferable narrator as kid narrators To Kill a Mockingbird excluded so often are; 5 The novelist's choice to name a sexually precocious teenager 'Lola' too obvious a reference But these choices are meant to be ridiculous reality is only supposed to set in in the epilogue At the same time I marveled at how real parts 2 Robbie at war and 3 Briony as a nurse some of the hospital scenes are the best I've ever read seemed to be Then the uestion became for me if they seemed real because of the way the scenes were written the gore again in the hospital but could not have been real because the characters and overall plot of the Tallis family are so fake isn't that cheating I haven't reached a conclusion yet but something is still bugging me about the conception of it Ultimately I prefer novels that go the opposite route Paul Auster's Oracle Night for example that start out real and uickly become fake or throw out the idea of a realistic consistent plot entirely only in the conclusion does David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas come together rather than the never ending 'is it real is it fake' push and pull of Atonement

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Vacaciones de verano de 1935 En la casa de campo de la familia Tallis el señor se encuentra en Londres y la madre se ha encerrado en su habitación con migraña Briony la hija menor observa desde una ventana cómo el intenso calor empieza a teñir de amarillo la finca Cecilia su hermana se sumerge en ropa interior en el agua de la fuente ante la perpleja mirada de Robbie Turner el hijo de la criada Esta. In World War II England 13 year old Briony Tallis misinterprets her older sister’s love affair with their family’s gardener to be something much worse than what it is Her innocence and partial understanding of the world begins a chain of events that tears the family apart and alters the course of the rest of the girl’s lifeSounds a little dry right Wrong I guess I forgot to mention that the book was written by Ian McEwan the king of uncomfortable moments weird sex stuff the rotating third person close perspective and I’ll say it writing about the human psyche While I’ve found some of his earlier books to be a little too uncomfortable or rather too uncomfortable without good reason or a little too sexually deviant again in the way that it seemed for shock value than with a reason this was a freaking great bookI think the one thing that makes this book so wonderful is McEwan’s eerily accurate understanding of how a 13 year old girl’s mind works her understanding of the world and her emotional reaction to it Briony is trapped between childhood and adulthood She’s old enough to recognize the dark and startling behind the scenes facets of her proper British family’s life but not old enough to properly analyze or judge them She’s old enough to impose her will and her ideas on others but not wise enough to know when to act or when to uestion herself It’s a frustrating and fascination and uncomfortable time and he has it down patMcEwan also experiments with structure in ways that are truly innovative and new without being gimmicky Briony is an aspiring writer who grows and develops her style throughout the 60 years that the novel covers and McEwan’s novel mirrors her literary growth Part One of the story is extremely traditional broken into chapters with a clear rotation of perspectives and a uniform chronology Parts Two and Three are much modern the story which switches gears to follow the gardener into WWII France and Briony to her experiences as a nurse in London loses structure and fluidity and uses modern storytelling techniues Finally the last section is utterly contemporary the story becomes even abstract with unreliable narrators and conceptual writing favored over simple narrativeAnd yet these games with structure and story and perspective in no way take your focus from the story and the characters Instead they add to the experience of watching the main character grow and developIf the book suffers from anything it might be a little slow in some places and move too fast in others Since McEwan tends to be very thorough when it comes to interior thought the story often slows down a bit than it should so that he can explain how every single person felt about a certain moment in time although the story spans 60 years the first 200 pages span a single afternoon and evening The slow story a necessary evil though if we want to keep the detailed character studies in place And we do And the action filled second half of the book which covers the British retreat from the Germans in 1940 and the over capacity army hospitals of London makes up for the sometimes austere and rigorous first half It just takes a while to get the story rolling

Ian McEwan ´ 5 Free read

AtonementEscena muda destapará las pasiones ocultas de todos los personajes y romperá la apacible convivencia de los habitantes de la mansión Comienza así una perdurable historia de amor ue nos envuelve y ue recorre todo el libro La observadora se convierte entonces en la «autora» de esta historia ue combina la perspectiva del niño con la prosa del adulto y juega siempre a mezclar realidad y ficción Haci. The subject matter of Atonement is literature itself but it is much First the writer is one of its characters; second because Ian McEwan’s novel creates a world where subjectivity and objectivity interfere mutually The characters are full of life and the language even if elaborate and subtle does not go around or makes inroads into itselfThe narrator and protagonist Briony Tallis emerges in the beginner as a pre adolescent that dreams to arrange the world in her texts as in the play she is writing Her love for order for the careful design according to her spoiled desires is translated into an impulse to write that hardly depend on the theme “There did not have to be a moral She need only show separate minds as alive as her own struggling with the idea that other minds were eually alive It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy it was confusion and misunderstanding above all it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show how they had an eual value That was the only moral a story need have” Her cousins Lola and the twins will be the actors with which she plans to awe the assembled family that include her parents her older sister Cecily and the son of the housekeeper Robbie On that day of 1935 Briony sees Cecily and Robbie in a game that culminates in a fateful scene Briony believes she sees something that profoundly perturbs her The development of the story doesn’t let the reader stop When later Lola is raped by a man that was not seen Briony without any grounds makes a ‘deduction’ of who committed the crimeHere we are therefore in the territory of Jane Austen cited in the epigraph or Henry James George Eliot and many other English authors social tension versus sexual stress pride and prejudice conflicts mere misunderstandings that adopt dramatic dimensions McEwan considers the simple distortions that physical acts such as vision can suffer when clouded by moral bias Briony is attracted to Robbie and envies in Cecily her independence and and in her anxiety to wipe out her shortcomings recreates the world in her own way succumbing to prejudice and threatening her already reduced capacity to accept realityBut than that what McEwan shows is how a writer can worsen weaknesses such as vanity cowardice and credulity sentiments that derive from the solitary and fallible condition that is above all human Briony with an absent father a sick mother a distant brother and an adult sister fills her solitude with words that want to arrange everything as she organizes her room “But hidden drawers lockable diaries and cryptographic systems could not conceal from Briony the simple truth she had no secrets Her wish for a harmonious organised world denied her the reckless possibilities of wrongdoing Mayhem and destruction were too chaotic for her tastes and she did not have it in her to be cruel Her effective status as an only child as well as the relative isolation of the Tallis house kept her at least during the long summer holidays from girlish intrigues with friends Nothing in her life was sufficiently interesting or shameful to merit hiding; no one knew about the suirrel's skull beneath her bed but no one wanted to know” She is emotionally deprived as all of us but a few degrees above the Richer scale her need to be praised her inability to deal with her environment her surrendering to a fantasy of perfection – it is as if she were an immature child seeking protection from life itself However the novel goes beyond an intimate recounting In the second half McEwan throws the reader into the Second World War with memorable descriptions of the United Kingdom’s empire ultimate whisper at the battle of Dunkirk McEwan uses this as background to show us Robbie’s feelings Among dead and wounded he drifts with his head down and wrapped in his own sentiments to protect himself and to dream he will be exonerated for having survived in a battle where so many had died “Now he reduced his progress to the rhythm of his boots he walked across the land until he came to the sea Everything that impeded him had to be outweighed even if only by a fraction by all that drove him on He knew by heart certain passages from her letters he had revisited their tussle with the vase by the fountain he remembered the warmth from her arm at the dinner when the twins went missing These memories sustained him but not so easily” But what rots and sustains him is his hate for Briony “In that shrinking moment he discovered that he had never hated anyone until now It was a feeling as pure as love but dispassionate and icily rational” Above everything “Let his name be cleared and everyone else adjust their thinking He had put in time now they must do the work His business was simple Find Cecilia and love her marry her and live without shame” The ability of McEwan is very well known but in Atonement he arrived were he had not reached before and where few living authors – maybe Coetzee Philip Roth and a few others – were able to arrive The force of his narrative comes from its plot and its magnitude as well as from its richness and structure The story is strong but who narrates is not subservient to its hierarchy and its rhythm it’s a subject that lets it flow and at the same time chooses the moments and the way to reveal its parts McEwan does not need to resort to fragmentation and mysticism to deal with the battle between affection and speech tolerance and freedom a clash so in evidence nowadays