Review by AmyLEnsor
June, 03 2009
Pros: complex characters, the scenes in France and London were compelling and insightful.
Cons: a lot of detail in part bogged down without painting a clear picture
Review by sonja1211
May, 20 2008
Pros: Expertly written
Cons: Slow at the beginning
Review by tansy83
April, 20 2008
Pros: it got an award, but I don't think it deserves one.
Cons: Briony, way too much detail
Review by sexygmom
March, 19 2008
Pros: The sets and backdrops are beautiful and realistic of the time period.
Cons: The acting, the flashbacks,the movie.
Review by jc_hall
January, 17 2008
Pros: exceptional writing; fully-developed characters; moving and engaging
Review by gina_spaz
December, 25 2007
Pros: Great for discussion groups
Cons: the name
Review by epi_member
December, 20 2007
Pros: Brilliantly told story. Very well-written.
Cons: The second half isn't as strong as the first.
Review by Granniemose
June, 30 2003
Pros: Artistic - Powerful
Cons: Somewhat hard to follow at times
Review by brettreader
May, 08 2003
Pros: Vivid and talented writing...
Cons: It starts a little too slowly...
Review by jl1978
February, 21 2003
Pros: Somewhat lyrical narrative.
Cons: Slow; little dialogue; no real depth to characters.
Review by disinclined
October, 25 2002
Pros: Intense, heavy story focuses on difficult questions of guilt, repentance, and, yes, atonement.
Cons: Somewhat inaccessible and occasionally slow going.
Review by carlrayer
October, 19 2002
Pros: Stylish language, sophisticated
Cons: possibly old fashioned
Review by Pisces
July, 16 2002
Pros: Poetic, literate, and intelligent writing. Lots of depth to the characters.
Cons: Too much war; not enough family dynamics. Loses momentum. Lack of balance. Virtually no dialogue.
Review by penang
June, 13 2002
Pros: takes you on a wonderful personal journey
Cons: be prepared to dry away the tears
Review by ezra_kim
April, 15 2002
Pros: Just read it already!
Cons: Some would say the beginning is a bit slow.
Review by zemblaz
March, 21 2002
Pros: Vintage McEwan in execution, style, and profundity.
Cons: The inexplicable delay in release to this side of the Atlantic.
Review by mozzer41
January, 09 2002
Pros: Deliciously vivid attention to detail and razor-sharp insight to the protagonists' psyche
Cons: I wasn't convinced by the time-shifted ending...