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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: 9780385522403
ISBN-10: 0385522401
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 9
I just finished On Chesil Beach and it quickly moved into my top two books by Ian McEwan, the other being Atonement. McEwan efficiently provides the back stories of his two young protagonists and movingly depicts a wedding night decision that changes the course of their lives. A quick read full of memorable scenes of shared love, ambition and sexual insecurities, McEwan portrays a relationship that symbolizes the cultural divide of the 1960's, and captures the nostalgia and regret that often haunt us in our own lives.
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Helpful Score: 8
This was my first time I read anything by Ian McEwan, but I am extremely impressed. At times the book can be hard to follow, it is creatively written. The characters are shown with all of their own flaws. At the end, I sat thinking about how one moment can change your whole life. Great book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Like all his books, this is a carefully and eloquently written novel. The pace moves briskly, perhaps because of its length. McEwan expertly describes the insecurities of the two main characters. All of his books (including this one) are wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this short book in about 2 hours. I have never cared for his books before, but I enjoyed his writing style in this one and found it very easy to follow. It is a sad story but I would still recommend it, especially for someone in between *heavy* books for a quick, satisfying read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I did not like this book at all. Sad little story about a couple and their wedding night together. I don't know what all the hoopla was.
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Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors; he displays his usual prolific and page turning ways in On Chesil Beach. Highly recommended!
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This little book left me introspective and sad. Told in a unique McEwan style, the book emphasizes that momentary decisions have lifelong consequences (similar in someways to Atonement). It's also a period piece of a time when sexuality and family secrets were kept tightly under wraps.