Atonement

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贖罪
作者:
伊恩·麥克尤恩 Ian McEwan
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This haunting novel, which just failed to win the Booker this year, is at once McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive. It is in effect two, or even three, books in one, all masterfully crafted. The first part ushers us into a domestic crisis that becomes a crime story centered around an event that changes the lives of half a dozen people in an upper-middle-class country home on a hot English summer's day in 1935. Young Briony Tallis, a hyperimaginative 13-year-old who sees her older sister, Cecilia, mysteriously involved with their neighbor Robbie Turner, a fellow Cambridge student subsidized by the Tallis family, points a finger at Robbie when her young cousin is assaulted in the grounds that night; on her testimony alone, Robbie is jailed. The second part of the book moves forward five years to focus on Robbie, now freed and part of the British Army that was cornered and eventually evacuated by a fleet of small boats at Dunkirk during the early days of WWII. This is an astonishingly imagined fresco that bares the full anguish of what Britain in later years came to see as a kind of victory. In the third part, Briony becomes a nurse amid wonderfully observed scenes of London as the nation mobilizes. No, she doesn't have Robbie as a patient, but she begins to come to terms with what she has done and offers to make amends to him and Cecilia, now together as lovers. In an ironic epilogue that is yet another coup de the tre, McEwan offers Briony as an elderly novelist today, revisiting her past in fact and fancy and contributing a moving windup to the sustained flight of a deeply novelistic imagination. With each book McEwan ranges wider, and his powers have never been more fully in evidence than here. Author tour. (Mar. 19)Forecast: McEwan's work has been building a strong literary readership, and the brilliantly evoked prewar and wartime scenes here should extend that; expect strong results from handselling to the faithful. The cover photo of a stately English home nicely establishes the novel's atmosphere

  13歲的布里奧妮·塔利斯擁有十分豐富的想象力,頗有作家天分。一天,來塔利斯家小住的布里奧妮的表姐遭人強暴,先前一直對管家的兒子羅比抱有誤解的布里奧妮武斷地認定羅比即是罪犯,并出庭指證他,羅比因此入獄。但堅信他無罪的布里奧妮的姐姐塞西莉婭不惜與家人斷絕關系,執著地與他相愛。三年半后,羅比出獄,當時正值二戰期間,他加入到保衛祖國的戰斗中,塞西莉婭隨后應征入伍,布里奧妮也成為紅十字會醫務人員。時間讓一切事情的真相漸漸浮出水面。再次直面羅比和塞西莉婭,布里奧妮深深地懺悔,離開時,羅比和塞西莉婭手牽手走在她身后,只是,這一切都不是在現實中……

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