Has anyone else read Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement? I’ve just finished it, and I’m having a hard time remembering any novel that gripped me and moved me as much as this one did. It’s exigently conceived and structured, wonderfully written. But I’m no literary critic, and won’t pretend to be one. I put a question-mark above because I’m not sure that it’s atonement that is achieved in and by the novel, but I can’t explain that remark without giving something away that would make it impossible for others to be drawn into the drama as they need to be.