His father, who died in 1996, was a dispatch rider with the Highland Light Infantry and was wounded by shrapnel in both legs during the retreat from Dunkirk; McEwan always knew he would write about it, and he is sorry he wasn’t able to show this novel to his father, who became obsessed with his experiences at Dunkirk in his last years. “He found another man wounded in both arms and together they managed to ride a Harley-Davidson to safety.” The author’s mother, who worked as a cleaning lady, is also present in places in the book; she suffers from vascular dementia, a disease that erases the memory, which afflicts Briony late in life.
Did you know Atonement has been made into a movie? I just found out this week. I don't think the story would translate onto film well, but I'm interested to see the movie just to compare. I'm going to watch the movie soon.
M wrote:However I think the real guilt should have fallen on the cousin (eek forgotten name) who made up the assault story in the first place, yet who manages to go on and marry, get rich and live to old age.
atrixa wrote:M wrote:However I think the real guilt should have fallen on the cousin (eek forgotten name) who made up the assault story in the first place, yet who manages to go on and marry, get rich and live to old age.
She didn't make it up, did she?
Overall, I thought the book was a good read, apart from the last chapter which simply confused me. Going to get the movie now, just for comparison.