Ian McEwan tends to be a polarizing author in literary fiction circles. I have friends who LOVE HIM (my sister and I are in that camp, for sure), friends who HATE HIM and despise his work, and friends who run hot-and-cold. If you’re not sure if you’ll like McEwan, Atonement is actually the perfect place to start, since it’s largely considered to be his finest work (and I certainly agree with that argument). It definitely lacks the macabre that characterized his early works. [sidenote: ask me about The Cement Garden sometime. ::shudder::] Read the full review on my blog, and comment away if you have feelings about this novel! (If you are my Goodreads friend, you already know how Malin feels about it!).
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