On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

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On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

Pages: 176, Hardcover, Jonathan Cape

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Excellent

“~ On Chesil Beach ~”

published 17/08/2016

ProEasy to follow

ConsSome may find it too subtle, others to explicit!

On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan A few weeks ago surprised by a red balloon going across the meadow past my window, I was inspired to watch the film adaption of Ian McEwan’s book Enduring Love. No sooner had I published the review for that when I went to Chesil Beach and was reminded of the school...

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Excellent

“On Perfection”

published 13/02/2008

ProBeautiful, succinct, moving

ConsNone

Ignorant and inexperienced, Edward and Florence Mayhew are both anxious about the inevitable task that lies ahead on their wedding night in July 1962. They know what is expected, but not how it will happen. Florence has bought a manual to explain everything, but it's only served to further...

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Excellent

ProGreat characterisation; concise and to the point

ConsMinimal

What a sad little book this is, and I do mean that in the most flattering way possible. It is effective and affecting in equal measures, and well worth a read. On Chesil Beach: the title already tells you the story’s setting, on the Dorset coast, 1962. Edward and Florence are there on their...

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Super

Proshort, well written, poignant

Conscold

"On Chesil Beach" is the story of Edward and Florence, and their wedding night in a hotel near "Chesil Beach with its infinite shingle". It's July 1962 and the world (and more importantly, Britain) is very different from now: the couple are both virgins, sex is not spoken of, individual anxieties...

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Excellent

Probeautifully written, moving, convincing,

Constoo many flashbacks, lack of perception in the mal...

I have just finished 'On Chesil Beach' and I must say I found it moving and beautifully written - one of Ian McEwan's best, in my opinion. It was interesting to be back in the sixties again and the portrait of the two families that Edward and Florence come from is convincing and realistic. What...

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Satisfactory

“watch paint dry”

published 25/10/2007

Proa fairly interesting conceit

Consboring

I am actually a fan of Ian McEwan. I especially like his short stories, but this is too short for a novel, while being too long for a short story. I know quality is better than quantity, but who really wants to pay £8.00 for a 176 page book? And, sadly, this is an extremely silly novel.Novelette...

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Super

published 07/07/2008

McEwan is a master storyteller and he doesn't often disappoint but I did feel this this was less ambitious than his other works. Subtle it may be, but its brevity and the limiting ending makes it less enduring than his other novels. Part of the issue is its small scope - whilst this is a hugely interesting character study, it felt claustrophobic. I did like the way it dealt with the interesting issue of sexual desire, and there is something quite brave about a novel which explores sex from two sides - as something negative and depraved, as well as something natural and exciting. I did feel for the characters, both of them, but I can't help wishing the ending had been a little darker.

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Good

published 18/07/2008

i was expecting something with as much vigor and captivating as atonement but, this novel was left me hanging on a wim. maybe i just had higher expectations for it. it was written well, and had a nice plot that gradually built up....but then it dissolved, and it felt like everything went down hill from there. that could have been the point, i guess this just wasn't my style, as in mcewan's previous novel.

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“Get it on on Chesil Beach!”

published 16/06/2008

Proit was light reading

Consa little tediuos and pretentious

I rewad this book over Christmas as a little light reading. I had been looking forward to reading it all year but what a let down! It was bearable but i wouldn't reccomend it! Definitely not as good as Atonement which i much preferred. This novel lacks the romance, the passion of Mc Ewan's other...

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Pages: 176, Hardcover, Jonathan Cape

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: On Chesil Beach

Author: Ian McEwan

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Number of Pages: 176

Edition: Hardcover

ISBN: 0099512793; 0224081187; 0307386171; 0385522401

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