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On Chesil Beach


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ISBN13: 9780307386175
ISBN10: 0307386171
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JLB9698, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by JLB9698)
On Chesil Beach is a story of newlyweds whose miscommunication during their honeymoon end up destroying their chance for a life together. McEwan, with his amazing style and prose, shows us that our journey in life can be as fragile as a few words.
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swange, July 2, 2010 (view all comments by swange)
I hated this book. Then I read it again to see if I was missing something-but still found it annoying. I think I was more frustrated than the characters.
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mgreiner1, June 25, 2010 (view all comments by mgreiner1)
McEwan's writing is exquisite. In this case, exquisitely painful, as we wait page after page for the consummation of this marriage. Memories of one's personal awkwardness when entering the sexual realm are inevitable. This book might serve as a call for abstinence with our teenagers, just so they don't have to go through what these people endured.
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julieb43, February 6, 2009 (view all comments by julieb43)
An interesting study of a freshly married young couple at the dawn of the radical 60's embarking on their honeymoon. Both are virgins and eager to please each other; but whereas the groom is nervously eager, the bride is more than just a little reluctant.

McEwan sets up a situation whereby we are privy to each spouse's thoughts and feelings, allowing us to understand and sympathize with both.

The novel, although brief, captures so much. It's concise and beautifully written, also achingly sad, as the newlyweds strive to understand each other, realizing that they hardly know themselves.
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McEwan, Ian
Anchor Books
Humphreys, Helen
Married people
Intimacy (psychology)
Domestic fiction
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Product details 304 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307386175 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

To read McEwan is to be swept away by prose of astonishing precision and power, and to be constantly surprised by the ambition and breadth of his scope.

"Review" by , "It's a bit voyeuristic. Borderline pervy. And if McEwan wasn't so good at building tension, it'd be incredibly dull....But coming off the heels of his highly praised and 'important' novels like Atonement and Saturday, On Chesil Beach just feels light....Where are the big ideas? The literary ambition? Chalk it up as an amuse-bouche, a good summer read, before his next big one." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "After two big, ambitious novels...McEwan has inexplicably produced a small, sullen, unsatisfying story that possesses none of those earlier books' emotional wisdom, narrative scope or lovely specificity of detail....[A] smarmy portrait of two incomprehensible and unlikable people."
"Review" by , "The story unfolds in a perfect manner, withholding now and then for effect, even omitting sometimes, with the result that On Chesil Beach is not only a wonderful read but also perhaps that rarest of things: a perfect novel."
"Review" by , "If McEwan's first chapters generally ought to be sent, like Albert Pujols's bats, to the Hall of Fame, then we may agree that in this instance his first sentence is a first chapter of its own."
"Review" by , "On Chesil Beach, a novella-length story, is a short, sad, slight book about anxiety, inexperience, hope and the triumph of failure. Vintage McEwan."
"Review" by , "[R]eplete with pleasures: keen observations of family dynamics, of English life, of fortune's randomness."
"Review" by , "[P]acks a pretty good wallop....Marvelously realized and treacherously conceived."
"Review" by , "McEwan's stories are introspective and, at times, told at a wondering distance....The most moving section of the book is the final, fifth section in which the future is revealed in its entire could-have, should-have splendor."
"Review" by , "[T]hough life is never easy, as the narrator reminds us, gorging ourselves on McEwan's impeccable prose is."
"Review" by , "[An] achingly beautiful narrative....Conventional in construction and realistic in its representation of addled psychology, the novel is ingenious for its limited but deeply resonant focus."
"Review" by , "Breathtaking."
"Synopsis" by , In 1962, Florence and Edward celebrate their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties weighs over them. And unbeknownst to both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in On Chesil Beach a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
"Synopsis" by , A novel following James, a pilot struggling to survive in a German POW camp, his young war-bride, Rose, back in England trying to make sense of her life, and his sister, whose own story is also rewritten by the tragedies of WWII
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Amid the chaos of World War II, three people find unexpected freedom through their connection to the natural world.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Evening Chorus serenades people brutally marked by war, yet enduring to live — and relish — the tiny pleasures of another day. With her trademark prose — exquisitely limpid — Humphreys convinces us of the birdlike strength of the powerless.” — Emma Donoghue

Downed during his first mission, James Hunter is taken captive as a German POW. To bide the time, he studies a nest of redstarts at the edge of camp. Some prisoners plot escape; some are shot. And then, one day, James is called to the Kommandant’s office.

Meanwhile, back home, James’s new wife, Rose, is on her own, free in a way she has never known. Then, James’s sister, Enid, loses everything during the Blitz and must seek shelter with Rose. In a cottage near Ashdown forest, the two women jealously guard secrets, but form a surprising friendship. Each of these characters will find unexpected freedom amid war’s privations and discover confinements that come with peace. The Evening Chorus is a beautiful, astonishing examination of love, loss, escape, and the ways in which the intrusions of the natural world can save us.

The Evening Chorus sparkles.” —Jo Baker

A poised, lyrical novel about the griefs of war, written with poetic intensity of observation.” —Helen Dunmore

“This riveting novel is a song. Listen.” —Richard Bausch


"Synopsis" by ,
Shot down on his first mission, James is taken to a German POW camp. To bide the time, he studies a family of birds. Some prisoners have been taken out of the camp and shot; some plot escape. And then, one day, the Kommandant invites him for a drive.

With James away, his young war bride Rose is free in a way she has never known — working as an air raid warden, roaming the countryside with only her dog as company. Until a furloughed soldier brings new choices.

And then Jamess sister, Enid, is bombed out of London. She loses her home and her lover in one tragic, impersonal act of war. Her only refuge is her brothers — Roses — home. Each is protective of her secrets, but the two form a surprising friendship.

Each of these characters will find liberty amid wars privations and discover confinements that come with peace. From a writer of “delicate and incandescent” (San Francisco Chronicle) prose, The Evening Chorus offers a beautiful, spare examination of the natural world and the human heart.

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