What is the setting of the book, Atonement, by Ian McEwan?Can somebody please tell how the setting plays an important role in the novel?

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There are several settings that serve to tell the story of the Ian MeEwan novel Atonement. The story begins in 1935 on the fabulous Tallis family estate in Surrey in Southeast England. The family is in the midst of a celebration but the heat is oppressive and other mysterious problems arise. The time then jumps to 1941, where Cecilia and Robbie meet in London. Robbie then heads over the channel to France, where he will see action against the Germans. The story then alternates between Robbie's military service in France and family matters in England and on the Tallis estate. The Tallis estate serves to show the wealth and power of the family members, while Robbie's horrors in France gives the reader a view of a different side of life--and death.

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