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.
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.
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.
I found this book so frustrating, I can't believe I even finished it. Basically the whole book is about two people who can't open their mouth and communicate. It is just so ridiculous to me and implausible how two adults who are supposedly in love enough to get married would be unable to talk about how they are feeling.
This is a story about a couple's wedding night. She's a virgin, I never understood if he is or not. To me the book is depressing, but only because it's so true. I think we all have episodes in our lives where we look back and ask ourselves if we shouldn't have said something differently or reacted differently to a situation. It makes you think.
Wonderful little book that you can just speed through and get so much out of. The author is a master at capturing the interior lives and thoughts of his characters with so many little details. This particular book describes a situation that you can easily imagine happening (and could be applied to so many different experiences of life--âif only I had swallowed my pride and said something.â âIf only I wasn't so proud.â)
An insightful book exploring a wedding night (and the pre life of both and the post life of the male) of two sexually inexperienced individuals trapped within the social conventions of England in the mid 20th century. Well done story--I think most of us can relate to many of the issues presented as we all have a first time (or don't). A love story that emphasizes the importance of sex to relationships and then deemphasizes its importance in the big picture as well.
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!
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.
This is a wonderfully written book. The details make a reader feel as if he is in the room with the couple on their wedding night. The emotions are raw and palpable. As with "Atonement," this is also a book of "the road not taken," and how momentary decisions may alter the course of our lives.
All I can say about this book is BORING! I seriously could not get into this, but was still curious about the one major incident that occurred. I skimmed the entire book trying to find out out what the point of the story is...and basically found out if you marry someone frigid and they don't want to be intimate, but offer to stay married and allow you to have mistresses.....then don't thurn it down. That's what I take from this book. It's just plain boring and weird. I do not recommend this to anyone. Sorry to the author. :(