Ian McEwan is England's best living novelist. Pretty much everyone in England agrees. And although I have read only four of his dozen novels, I'll vote with the mob here --- ATONEMENT blew me away.
How does a book blow you away? Simple. It takes over your life. Slams you into your chair where you sit, hour after hour, devouring it. You wish you didn't have to eat, you despise the ringing phone, you wouldn't mind if you had a catheter. Need to go out? Read in the elevator, on the street. Essentially, life as you have known it stops --- and can't resume until, in some altered state, you reach The End.
ATONEMENT was like that for me. It had a terrifi