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Amsterdam
Morality story. Two close friends meet at the funeral of a mutual old lover. Both make moral blunders with disastrous consequences. Their fates are intertwined. Winner of the Booker Prize....
Atonement (Thriller/Action)
A young girl witnesses her cousin's rape and identifies the wrong character, Robbie Turner, instead of her brother's weekend guest,Paul Marshall. Robbie, who just graduated from University and intended to go to medical school, is instead sentenced to jail. His term is commuted after three years by joining the British Army as a non-commissioned officer. He is caught in France in the march to Dunkirk to be evacuated. Only his love for Cecilia, the yo...
Atonement (Literature)
The main character is a girl of around 13 years of age, with the name of Briony. she is a writer with a creative imagination, which eventually gets her sisters lover locked in jail and he therefore has to become part of the infantry, and fight in World War II. Briony's statement - she believed Robbie was raping her sister, and therefore tries to protect her - is what put Robbie in jail, and contributed to his death at Dunkirk. Briony spends the rest of h...
Enduring Love
Joe Rose and his longtime girlfriend Clarissa are embarking on a romantic reunion picnic when they witness/participate in a disaster. A hot-air balloon is out of control, the lives of an old man and young boy in it are in danger. Joe and several other strangers run to assist, but their efforts result in tragedy--one of the men who runs to help out falls and is killed. While assisting, Joe comes into contact with Jed Parry, a young man who is a religio...

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Saturday
Henry Perowne is a middle-aged man that lives in London. He is a talented neurosurgeon and he lives in a palatial house with his beloved wife Rosalind and son Theo. His son is a blues musician and his daughter is a poet. Her name is Daisy and she lives in Paris. Henry wakes up in the middle of the night and he goes straight to the window. He is confused but he realizes that he is about to witness a plane crush. He fears that it might be a terrorist a...
Solar
The story is about an old scientist trying to reverse climate change by inventing a new type of energy. Michael Beard is an old physicist. He won the Nobel Prize for physics when he was very young. Now he is just an old man who can't control his appetite. He is a total slob, he drinks a lot and he is stuck giving lectures and endorsing insignificant projects about alternative energies. He was married five times and he cheated on all his wives. Now he is ...
The Cement Garden
When their father dies suddenly, Julie, Jack, Sue, and Tom, along with their mother cope with difficulty. The death is hardest on the mother who retreats to her bedroom. The four children essentially takes care of themselves, and their mother, the older ones, Julie and Jack, helping the younger children. When the mother dies after a long illness, Julie and Jack recognize that they will most likely be seperated and put into orphanages. In order to ensure ...
The Comfort of Strangers
Colin and Mary, unmarried lovers on a lackluster vacation in Venice, meet a eery and forceful local man and his meek, crippled wife, and find themselves drawn into their dark world of erotic violence. Colin and Mary have been together for years, and it's beginning to show. They are not married, though Mary has two children from a previous marriage. Mary is a failed actress and Colin, though angelically handsome, gave up on a singing career for some unkno...
The Innocent
Leonard is a young British man who works for the British Post Office. He is sent to post World War II, pre-Wall Berlin to work on a top secret joint venture between the American and British military. They are digging a tunnel in order to enable them to tap into Russian phone lines for the purposes of spying. Leonard, who is a total innocent when he arrives in Berlin, is thrust into an unfamiliar world of secrecy and mistrust. Not only is he involved ...


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