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On Chesil Beach

by Ian McEwan

This is a tiny novel, with only two characters. Set in 1962, Edward and Florence are virgin newly-weds, excited and terrified on their wedding night. Enough of their pasts is revealed to explain how they both reached this point as they embark on adulthood and marriage. Thus far I feel their embarrassment, and am apprehensive about how this honeymoon will turn out, hoping they love each other enough to get past all that is unspoken between them. It is charmingly written, and definitely set in another era.

Suggested by Alison, Penzance

Tagged with: comical impressive. memorable, poignant pointless sad

 

Comments

I thought this was a superb read. I had'nt read anything else by Ian McEwan before and I have to say I was very impressed and intend to read some of his other novels. I kept thinking all through the book that they might get back together at some stage but something at the back of my mind kept telling me it was'nt going to happen. As someone born in the mid 1950's I was fascinated by the portrayal of the huge difference between the early and late 1960's in relation to social mores and the gradual breaking down of class barriers.
Tommy
Yes snuffy people could be that wet,I grew up in that era 'things' weren't spoken about. I felt more sorry for the male character,I thought it was a beautiful book, but very sad.
Charlotte
Yes snuffy people could be that wet,I grew up in that era 'things' weren't spoken about. I felt more sorry for the male character,I thought it was a beautiful book, but very sad.
Charlotte
Interesting book. Not many pages long so read in one session. Makes me think about arranged marriages where couple have met maybe once before the wedding and problems and issues that can come about onthe wedding night. Found the sex scenes rather comical however-told my wife and she was laughing at it too. Its sad that they could never meet again and carry things on.
Dee
This book is on my reading list. It is set in the year that I was born so I am intrigued as to how the author portrays this era. Also my feelings go out to the newly wed couple and their expectations of married life together.
angela smith
I found this so boring and long winded. I was hoping things would liven up as they were such insipid characters, surely nobody can be that wet
snuffy
 

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