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Ask me anything about... Atonement


Today I finished reading Atonement, by Ian McEwan, and I'm having a little bit of trouble putting together a review. So, in the spirit of Weekly Geeks, ask me any question you want! (the only caveat being that I would ask that you refrain from general, open-ended questions such as "how did you like it?).

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I am having trouble writing today myself. I was thinking about blogging about it, but I the words wouldn't come... :) Here are my questions about Atonement: What made you decide to read this book? If you could ask one character any question, what would that be?

I hope this helps!
Alea said…
I think of this book in three parts: 1.The beginning with the romance up until the horrifying event, 2. The War Zone 3. Atonement and the nurses. Bad description I know but getting to my question. Which of the three parts did you enjoy most and why?

I like the beginning the most :)
Teddy Rose said…
I haven't read the book yet, but I did see the movie. Did you see the movie and if so, did you think it stuck with the integrety of the book?
nbbaker1102 said…
I read this book on my friend's recommendation who loved it. I found it just "okay." Then, I tried to watch the movie and found it boring. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

My question: why do you think the author chose such an ending and did it leave you satisfied?
Angie in Divide said…
How do you feel about Briony Tallis? Do you have any sympathy? Did your feelings about her change through the reading of the book and what was your final thought about her? It seems like lots of questions, I know, but I was actually trying to make it more precise!
Veronica said…
"Atonement" is one of my all time favorite books, which caused me to read two others by Ian McEwan, one which I found to be incredibly good and one that I didn't like at all. After reading "Atonement," do you think you'll go on to read more by this author?
Stephanie said…
I was going to ask a question, but I see Angie beat me to the punch!
Marg said…
Did you pick the twist in the end of the book?

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