Next Up: Atonement
Any novel authored by an English gentleman named Ian has to be pretty good, right?
Atonement is one of those novels that has always stayed on the periphery of my reading list. I’ve heard a lot about it, and always thought I’d get around to reading it, but never have.
At first glance, it seems a little sappy and sentimental. But that’s why you read the book. And I know Time wouldn’t include it on the list if it was sappy nonsense.
So here’s a few quick facts about Atonement and its author, Ian McEwan.
- Published in 2001, it was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize in fiction and is one of the most recently published novels on the list.
- In 2007, Atonement was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. The film was directed by Joe Wright.
- An opera based on the novel is currently being developed and is expected to be released in 2013 in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.
- In 2006, Ian McEwan was accused of plagiarizing information from historical author, Lucilla Andrews, about wartime nursing. He denied the accusations, while many prominent authors—Updike, Amis, Atwood, and Pynchon–came to his defense.
- McEwan has written a dozen novels, including Atonement and Amsterdam, a Booker Prize winner in 1998.
- McEwan is an atheist who, a few years ago, came under fire for his criticism of Islamic beliefs on women and homosexuality.
So this was one of the novels you guys picked for me to read in this last batch of five, so I know many of you are familiar with it.
What should I expect?