Sunday, 26 April 2009

atonement

























"The anticipation and dread he felt at seeing her was also a kind of sensual pleasure, and surrounding it, like an embrace, was a general elation - it might hurt, it was horribly inconvenient, no good might come of it, but he had found out for himself what it was to be in love, and it thrilled him."
(p. 85)





"They were beyond the present, outside time, with no memories and no future. There was nothing but obliterating sensation, thrilling and swelling, and the sound of fabric on fabric and skin on fabric as their limbs slid across each other in this restless, sensuous wrestling. ... They moved closer, deeper and then, for seconds on end, everything stopped. Instead of an ecstatic frenzy, there was stillness. They were stilled not by the astonishing fact of arrival, but by an awed sense of return - they were face to face in the gloom, staring into what little they could see of each other's eyes, and now it was the impersonal that dropped away." (p. 128)




"Nothing as singular or as important had happened since the day of his birth. She returned his gaze, struck by the sense of her own transformation, and overwhelmed by the beauty in a face which a lifetime's habit had taught her to ignore. She whispered his name with the deliberation of a child trying out the distinct sounds. When he replied with her name, it sounded like a new word - the syllables remained the same, the meaning was different. Finally he spoke the three simple words that no amount of bad art or bad faith can ever quite cheapen. She repeated them, with exactly the same emphasis on the second word, as if she had been the one to say them first. He had no religious belief, but it was impossible not to think of an invisible presence or witness in the room, and that these words spoken aloud were like signatures on an unseen contract." (p. 129)

excerpts from Atonement by Ian McEwan


i´m going to present my work about atonement for my english literature studies course on Wendesday and therefore I had to go through the book by Ian McEwan and movie by Joe Wright again.
words can not describe how much i love both.


source: book quotes, flickr

2 comments:

Markét a Tereza said...

Mě se Pokání taky hrozně líbilo - jak film tak knížka, Ian McEwan má hrozně zvláštní styl psaní a co se filmu týče, tak ty zelené večerní šaty, co měla Keira na sobě, byly někde vyhlášený za nejkrásnější filmový kostým. Jsou fakt nádherné. T

sarah said...

Simply beautiful post....thank you. I loved this film.