THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Atonement
By Ian McEwan

An essay by Brian Finney, a Professor at California State University, providing an extensive analysis of the characters, themes and structure of this novel, as well as discussing its literary influences and considering various critical assessments.
In this review James Wood discusses various sections of the novel, with analysis of several excerpts. He considers Atonement to be troubled by fiction's artificiality.