On Chesil Beach Hardcover – 5 April 2007
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- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0224081187
- ISBN-13 : 978-0224081184
- Dimensions : 13.8 x 2.4 x 20.6 cm
- Publisher : Jonathan Cape; 1st edition (5 April 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 559,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
-- Tim Adams, Observer
"A didactic, ironic novella of great accomplishment and calculated ambition. Structurally and linguistically, it is a triumph...intriguingly compassionate" -- Prospect, April 2007
"A heavenly read" -- Marie Claire
"A masterpiece" -- TLS
"Exquisitely written" -- Daily Echo
"It is a measure of McEwan's artistry ... to linger in the recording of sensuous particularities and ... deliver the satisfactions of plot" -- Time Out, April 2007
"McEwan conveys the near-numinous significance of a single moment
with quiet, almost unbearable grace" -- Metro
"McEwan shares with his fellow English novelist Jim Crace not only
an interest in history but in finding a style in prose that is slow-moving,
yet compelling, at times stilted and dry, and then suddenly sharp and
precise" -- London Review of Books
"the most anticipated novel of the year" -- GQ
`Another work with a fiercely evocative sense of English period and Landscape' -- The Independent
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This is a well observed and beautifully drawn story, with its multi-layered yet minimalist style and elegant prose. McEwan writes with thoughtful and sensitive insight, exploring the psychology of the central characters, drawing on their backgrounds and early experiences in the shaping of their makeup. The social landscape of the early 60s is well conveyed, but although the social constraints of the time undoubtedly play a part in the struggles the couple face, the story's main themes are relevant to today's society too. It is a story that highlights the dangers of repressed emotions and poor communication, of how events and actions misinterpreted as well as pride can have devastating consequences.
This is a touching story, but rather sad, its ending carrying too much of a sense of unfulfillment and disappointment for me personally. Also McEwan hints at certain darker undertones with regards to FLorence's upbringing, but this is never actually clarified. The length and pace of the story were also a little unsatisfying; it was too short for a novel, the ending in particular feeling rushed, yet other parts appeared quite stretched out in places.
Overall an interesting and unusual read; yet not quite as engaging as i had hoped it to be.
through my reading the film of the book was
released and went to see it. This did not detract from my enjoyment but served to strengthen my visualization. The film followed the written story closely and added an inventive conclusion at the end.