Top positive review
One person found this helpful
Absolutely astonishing. be aware that this review contains plot spoilers.
on 28 May 2018
I was expecting something more physically dramatic during their confrontation on the beach and McEwan's handling of the thrown rock incident was very clever, especially as he had foreshadowed Edward's propensity to erupt into physical violence earlier on in the novella. The discussion of Florence's relationship with her father is beautifully done and cleverly ambiguous. Edward's conclusions at the end of the novel are tragic really, but retrospect is a very cruel thing isn't it? A marvellous book, beautifully written, the prose is masterful, light at times, humorous, and philosophical. He has the gift and with every book refines it. Highly recommended.