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On Chesil Beach

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It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to ... Show synopsis

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  • On Chesil Beach (Vintage Books Canada) – Trade paperback (2008)
    by Ian McEwan

    On Chesil Beach

    Trade paperback, Vintage Books Canada
    2008
    English
    176 pages

    ISBN: 0676978827
    ISBN-13: 9780676978827

    The #1 bestselling author of Saturday and Atonement brilliantly illuminates the collision of sexual longing, deep-seated fears and romantic fantasy in his unforgettable, emotionally engaging new novel. The year is 1962. Florence, the daughter of a successful businessman and an aloof Oxford academic, is a talented violinist. She dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, the earnest young history student she met by chance and who unexpectedly wooed her and won her heart. ... Show more

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Reviews of On Chesil Beach

Overall customer rating: 3.800
Vaughny

Not bad like some have said

by Vaughny on Oct 21, 2011

This is a fine short novel, the first half alternating between "dry" and "beautifully, perfectly put." Somewhere fairly early in the last half, though, the 'dry' completely gives way to writing that may make you wish you'd written it, and this writing speeds you on to an end of lingering power.

Praterviolet

Love Story Masquerading as a Honeymoon Story

by Praterviolet on May 11, 2009

The backstories of the two lovers interested me far more than the actual wedding night (as well as it should have since the lives of young people are really not that interesting, without dragging in their parents and sentimental educations). The ending is my favorite kind of ending, sad and cuts me off from feeling complete.

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Snowbird

HOPELESS & UNNECESSARY

by Snowbird on Jan 30, 2009

Wedding night disgusting, ending disappointing, wish I hadn't spent the time reading it.

donna

The Road Not Taken

by donna on Jun 30, 2008

This is a novel written about a time not so long ago when private things were private. This novel also speaks of the differences between men and women and what is important and what isn't . It also speaks of opportunites lost, words and attitudes that should probably not be expressed and words and attitudes that are not shared and should have been. Poignant because of so many missed opportunites,this short novel will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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Cariola

An Unexpected Pleasure

by Cariola on Aug 15, 2007

After reading several reviews of this novel, I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, even though I am a great fan of Ian McEwan's work. How much could one write about a single night, a wedding night, and did I really want to invest in what sounded like a voyeuristic novel? But On Chesil Beach is about so much more. It's a novel of growing up, of getting to know oneself, of love and loss and regret and success, of expectaions and hopes, and of what might have been. It's about the way time and place shape our lives, even as we resist their influence. In short, it's a lovely little novel, beautifully written, to which we can all relate. I was truly surprised by how long it lingered with me. McEwan's characters seem to be getting more introspective with each novel--perhaps a sign of his own aging.

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