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On Chesil Beach

December 12, 2009

A friend from the bookstore recommended this book as a quick, fantastic read and I completely agree.

Written by Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach takes place almost entirely on a young couple’s wedding night in Britain in the early 1960’s.  What is so touching and, ultimately sad, is how uncomfortable and unsure they are of one another.  In this other time and place, the couple has been pretty, um, “hands off,”  throughout their relationship and now that their wedding night has arrived, they are overwhelmingly nervous and awkward with each other.

On Chesil Beach gives an unusual insight into a day that has so much promise and our emotions run the gamut throughout this moving story.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2009 5:32 pm

    I am always amazed when talk to people who don’t like this book. It is easily one of my favorites. What McEwan manages to tackle in this short book is truly amazing. Such a great book.

  2. December 16, 2009 7:12 am

    I thought this book was an extraordinary, if tough, read- just for all that intensity of emotion!

    Thanks for stopping by for my first Unfinished Friday- I hope to see you back this week! :-)

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