On Chesil Beach
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.