Thank you for sharing your thoughts, everyone.
babypinkcandygirl, I enjoyed reading your post.
I've been meaning to read something of McEwan but didn't have enough motivation to do so. But when I saw that it was BOTM for this site, I took the chance to borrow it from the library. Thank you for the opportunity!
Just finished chapter 4 and still continuing. So here are my thoughts.
Good point on the foreshadowing, candygirl. From the beginning Briony is portrayed as an absorbed girl in her own orderly world: "Her wish for harmonious, organised world denied her the reckless possiblities of wrongdoing". She is also seen as imaginative through the play she plans. The play which is about "love not built on good sense is doomed" shows her point of view: the recklessness of passion, in other words, disorder is punished by ill fortune and good sense is rewarded marriage or to be exact, wedding. Her desire for order, her imagination and point of view give me the premonition of what might lie in the pages ahead.
I also see another theme that might be quite prevalent in this story. One or the other is in the wrong and tries to make amends to the situation.
I have more to say but for now my mind's blank. I'll try to post my thoughts and questions as and when it comes. I hope I'm not 'talking' too much??