On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/01/2008
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On Chesil Beach
A very sad tale
Reading this, you get the feeling that Florence and Edward would have had a very happy honeymoon.................if only sex didn't have to get in the way.... READ MORE
Amy Pirt at Thanet
On Chesil Beach
Powerful and lingering
Scarcely long enough to be called a novel, but packing a punch far above its slight weight, this is essentially the story of a wedding night gone stupidly,... READ MORE
Katie Reid

Synopsis

Now the inspiration for a major new film, adapted for the screen by Ian McEwan And they had so many plans, giddy plans, heaped up before them in the misty future, as richly tangled as the summer flora of the Dorset coast, and as beautiful. It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives. One of Ian McEwan’s most achingly moving and expertly honed novels, On Chesil Beach is a masterpiece of miscommunication and mistaken intent. Set in the borderland of English history immediately before the liberation and licence of the swinging sixties, McEwan reveals how a life can be irrevocably altered by a moment’s twist of fate. 'On Chesil Beach is more than an event. It is a masterpiece' - Times Literary Supplement

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099512790
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 147g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm

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On Chesil Beach
Boring as Hades
I thought that this was a bad attempt to recreate the unsuccessful wedding night in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' but with sexual failure rather than any int... READ MORE
Lotte
On Chesil Beach
love this one, classic mcewan
Darryl
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On Chesil Beach
I was moved and devistated by this book. One of the best reads this year. Fantastic!
Amy MacPherson
On Chesil Beach
An emotional journey
This was the first Ian McEwan book that I read and it certainly won't be the last. Very emotional engageing story with no happy ending just missed opportun... READ MORE
DJ
On Chesil Beach
Not one of my top 50 favourites
Written about a period when sex was something that dirty little boys did to pure innocent girls. Something to be afraid of and as far as the female of the ... READ MORE
Dapo
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On Chesil Beach
On a view of first perception, as this is the first Ian McEwan book I have read, I have found this book to be one of the best and most successful in making... READ MORE
Delphi May
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On Chesil Beach
I did not like this book at all
Mary Sinclair
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
this is the best book i have read so far this yearshort enough to read in a day yet powerful enough to stay with you forever
paul simon turner
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
Was anyone ever as naive and blundering as Florence and Edward? These two young people in their early twenties demonstrate a depth of ignorance that dooms ... READ MORE
Tomas Jones
On Chesil Beach
A journey of discovery..
I am a big fan of Ian McEwan, but not all will agree, however what I like about him, is his ability to create so many unique stories and once again he deli... READ MORE
Amy25
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
I think McEwan is a linguistic genius. However, I find that although addictive in parts - namely the bedroom scene - the narrative tangents become somewhat... READ MORE
Charlotte Taylor
On Chesil Beach
A Powerfully Written Book
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very powerful story about a couple through courtship and to their wedding. All the way through you understand the feeli... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
On Chesil Beach
Perfect!
New to McEwan, I selected one of his shorter novels as a starting point. On Chesil Beach seems old fashioned in its era and setting yet encapsulates all th... READ MORE
Sian Rickers
On Chesil Beach
Surprisingly good!
Going into this, I thought it was going to read like a classic and I don't really enjoy classics that much. I try to make sure I read classics but I genera... READ MORE
Analogue Holly