Current read: Atonement

Friday, June 11, 2010

I picked up Atonement by Ian McEwan during my bout at the library last week and now I'm having trouble putting it down (except when I have go to work...overrated). The writing is mind-bogglingly beautiful and so easy to get wrapped up in. I find it's rare to find a book that's both profound but not too dense (you know what I mean?). I'm sure you've all seen the movie so you know how heartbreaking and inventive the story is. What I like about the book which you don't get in the movie is that the narrator is a close third person and the chapters rotate between different characters' perspectives. The story makes so much more sense this way, and you especially can understand Briony a whole lot better; in the movie she's pretty much a wretched little girl, but in the book, she's...complicated.

"It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you."

I also think it's time to me to admit it: I like Keira Knightley. I feel like if you're a girl, you're supposed to hate her or something, but I think she's a fabulous actress. And no one else could have turned the green dress into the phenomenon that it became.

Really, though, can someone buy me this dress?


Black said...

Yes, ever since I saw the movie (which is somewhere on the top of my favorites list) I've wanted to read the book. But I somehow never got around to do it. When I am finally out of school this summer, I hope to do it.
And I like Keira too. I do kind of hate her for her good looks, but she is not the typical good-looking girl. There is something so dorky about her as well. I hope you know what I mean. Anyway my hate for her is in a good way. I suppose I admire her in a way.

Mandy said...

Yes, I do know what you mean about the dorkiness. I'm glad you agree!

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