3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In two minds ...,
This review is from: On Chesil Beach (Paperback)
I've really enjoyed McEwan's previous work (although I think I still have a couple left to read), but whilst reading this short work, and after completing it, I was left in two minds as to what I thought.
As usual, the language is beautiful. Whatever you care to say about the characters, the settings or the plot, the man can string a sentence together. Others have covered the story, so I won't bother with that.
It is a novel that is basically about sex, and the direction McEwan approaches this from is refreshing. I wasn't born in 1962, so have no comments as to the historical accuracy, but I have no doubt that the situation would be relevant for many around that time (give or take 10 years). He paints a nice picture of the conflict from two different points of view.
My problem was that I found it hard to identify with the actions of either party. I think this was more a failing on my part than on the part of the novel, but when reading a piece of fiction I have to find the actions credible, if not especially likely, and there were several occasions when I just didn't feel this.
In the end though, the writing triumphs, and I feel it would be hard to finish this book feeling unmoved.
I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars, but have held it to 3, simply because I've read "Atonement" and "Amsterdam", and know what the author is capable of producing.