Mike Cope's blog

Monday, November 17, 2003

Just finished Ian McEwan's great novel ATONEMENT. It's an engaging read, though a bit slow for the first half. A 13-year-old girl makes a mistake (in accusing someone of a crime) based on what she thinks, in her adolescent immaturity, she knows--a mistake that was very costly for a whole family. She spends her lifetime trying to make atonement. By the end (after a surprising twist), you realize the problem: only God can truly be in charge of atonement! The novel begins in 1935 in England, then moves to the French coast during WW2 (as Allied soldiers attempted to evacuate under German pressure), and then finally to the close of the 20th century.

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