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On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
Author: Ian McEwan
A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. — It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307386175
ISBN-10: 0307386171
Publication Date: 6/10/2008
Pages: 224
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 128 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Ian McEwan is a writer of tremendous talent, and this book is further evidence. Highly recommended.
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A beautifully-written, fully realized novel with a secret. In our day, when everyone talks about their sex life, it may be difficult to comprehend the sexual ignorance and lack of communications between them of the two main characters. Yet the characters ring true and their flaws tragic.
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I listened to this one, read by the author, on Audio CD. It is a slim novel, the story of two virgins and a marriage destined for failure. Set in the early 1960's, before the era of "free love", it is heartbreakingly sad that the two people (who really loved each other) could not even talk about their sexual compatibility. Highly recommend.
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It took some time to reveal the most important message in life, but it was worth the wait. Follow your heart...
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This slim novel (200 pages) is a jewel! In 1962 England, newlyweds and virgins Edward and Florence confront love and sex on their wedding night. Flashbacks illuminate how their they grew up, met, fell in love and married. This is a beautifully written novel, containing neither satire, religiosity, nor psychobabble, by the author of 'Atonement.' Without reading it all the way through, you will not be able to predict how it will end.
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While I would not say this book is for everyone, I did enjoy it. Some people complain that the situation the newlyweds find themselves in is unbelievable. I don't think given the time setting it is implausible. Also I took it in a more encompassing direction- in today's society how many time do we walk away from someone/ something because of a miscommunication and our pride being hurt? Who doesn't have at least some regrets and think that if you had handled a situation differently that a relationship would have been saved or at least still had some lines of contact still open? This is what I got from On Chesil Beach.
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McEwan is an artist! This is a very subtle picture of a different time when marriage was loaded with so much baggage it's a wonder anyone tried it. This story reminds the reader of the importance of communication between human beings, especially wife and husband. You ache for these characters at the same time you want to shake some of them!

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