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Part one[ edit ] Briony Tallis, a year-old English girl with a talent for writing, lives at her family's country estate with her parents. Her older sister Cecilia attends the University of Cambridge with Robbie Turner, the Tallis family housekeeper's son and Cecilia's childhood friend. In the summer ofBriony's maternal cousins, Lola and her twin brothers Jackson and Pierrot, visit the family.
Briony witnesses a moment of sexual tension between Cecilia and Robbie from afar. Briony misconstrues the situation and concludes that Robbie is acting aggressively toward Cecilia. Robbie, meanwhile, realises he is attracted to Cecilia, whom he has not seen in some time, and writes several drafts of a love letter to her, giving a copy to Briony to deliver.
However, he inadvertently gives her a version he had meant to discard, which contains lewd and vulgar references " cunt ".
Briony reads the letter and becomes disturbed as to Robbie's intentions. Later she walks in on Robbie and Cecilia making love in the library. Briony misinterprets the sexual act as rape and believes Robbie is a " maniac.
The dinner party breaks into teams to search for them. In Ian mcewans atonement darkness, Briony discovers her cousin Lola being raped by an assailant she cannot clearly see.
Lola is unable or unwilling to identify the attacker — strongly hinted to be Marshall — but Briony decides to accuse Robbie and identifies him to the police as the rapist, claiming she has seen Robbie's face in the dark. Robbie is taken away to prison, with only Cecilia and his mother believing his protestations of innocence.
He is released on the condition he enlist in the army. Cecilia has trained and become a nurse. She has cut off all contact with her family because of the part they took in sending Robbie to jail. Robbie and Cecilia have only been in contact by letter, since she was not allowed to visit him in prison.
Before Robbie has to go to war in France, they meet once for half an hour, during Cecilia's lunch break. Their reunion starts awkwardly, but they share a kiss before leaving each other.
In France, the war is going badly, and the army is retreating to Dunkirk. As the injured Robbie goes to that safe haven, he thinks about Cecilia and past events like teaching Briony how to swim, reflecting on Briony's possible reasons for accusing him.
His single meeting with Cecilia is the memory that keeps him walking; his only aim is seeing her again. At the end of part two, Robbie falls asleep in Dunkirk, one day before the evacuation begins. Part three[ edit ] Remorseful Briony has refused her place at Cambridge and instead is a trainee nurse in London.
She has realised the full extent of her mistake and decides it was Paul Marshall, Leon's friend, whom she saw raping Lola. Briony still writes, although she does not pursue it with the same recklessness as she did as a child.
Briony is called to the bedside of Luc, a young, fatally wounded French soldier. She consoles him in his last moments by speaking with him in her school French, and he mistakes her for an English girl whom his mother wanted him to marry.
Just before his death, Luc asks, "Do you love me? He was a lovely boy far away from his family and about to die. Briony attends the wedding of Paul Marshall and her cousin Lola — who has decided to "marry her rapist" — before finally visiting Cecilia.
Robbie is on leave from the army, and Briony meets him unexpectedly at her sister's. Cecilia and Robbie both refuse to forgive Briony, who nonetheless tells them she will try to put things right.
She promises to begin the legal procedures needed to exonerate Robbie, even though Paul Marshall will never be held responsible for his crime because of his marriage to Lola, the victim.Ian Russell McEwan CBE FRSA FRSL (born 21 June ) is an English novelist and screenwriter.
In , The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since " and The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 19 in their list of the " most powerful people in British culture".
McEwan began his career writing sparse, . Atonement by Ian McEwan National Bestseller Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.4/4().
Atonement is a British metafiction novel written by Ian McEwan concerning the understanding of and responding to the need for personal atonement. Set in three time periods, England, Second World War England and France, and present-day England, it covers an upper-class girl's half-innocent mistake that ruins lives, her Publisher: Jonathan Cape.
Atonement Ian McEwan Jonathan Cape £ The twists and turns of Ian McEwan's fiction are built on a knack for sustained illusion. [Mullan's fourth article in a series on Atonement.] Apstein, Barbara.
'Ian McEwan's Atonement and "The Techniques of Mrs. Woolf"', Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 64, Fall-Winter Finney, Brian. "Briony's Stand against Oblivion: The Making of Fiction in Ian McEwan's Atonement." Journal of Modern Literature, , Winter Fraga, Jesús. A lot happens in Atonement. And then some of it doesn't, which can get the plot even more tangled.
We start out at the Tallis family's very upper-class English home in , a few years before World War II.