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On Chesil Beach (Paperback)
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On Chesil Beach (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 03/01/2008
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Now the inspiration for a major new film, adapted for the screen by Ian McEwan

And they had so many plans, giddy plans, heaped up before them in the misty future, as richly tangled as the summer flora of the Dorset coast, and as beautiful.

It is July 1962.

Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

One of Ian McEwan’s most achingly moving and expertly honed novels, On Chesil Beach is a masterpiece of miscommunication and mistaken intent.

Set in the borderland of English history immediately before the liberation and licence of the swinging sixties, McEwan reveals how a life can be irrevocably altered by a moment’s twist of fate.

'On Chesil Beach is more than an event. It is a masterpiece' - Times Literary Supplement

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099512790
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Wonderful...exquisite...devastating' - Independent on Sunday

'Superb... The protagonists have everything to lose, and their faltering journey towards a point of no return is conjured into life my McEwan with irresistible subtlety, tact and force' - Financial Times 

'Exquisitely crafted' - Evening Standard 

'Written with a fierce pursuit of the truth and an utterly modern self-awareness, what a confidant tour de force this turns out to be' - Sunday Express

'On Chesil Beach is more than an event. It is a masterpiece' - Times Literary Supplement 

"This is McEwan's mature style, one we have come to recognise from Atonement and Saturday. It is a polished, civilised style, and very distant from the shock tactics of his early work... McEwan brings Florence and Edward touchingly alive for us; and their seriousness, their idealism, and their desire for love draw us towards them" - Natasha Walter, Guardian

'To commend an author for being reminiscent of Edith Wharton is a compliment that this reviewer reserves for a select few. Yet with On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan has earnt it' - Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph

'A master feat of concentration in both senses of the word' - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

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“A very sad tale”

Reading this, you get the feeling that Florence and Edward would have had a very happy honeymoon.................if only sex didn't have to get in the way. From today's point of view, Florence's... More

Hardback edition
15th January 2010
Helpful? Upvote 49

“Boring as Hades”

I thought that this was a bad attempt to recreate the unsuccessful wedding night in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' but with sexual failure rather than any interesting show of character. (Read 'Tess of... More

Paperback edition
19th October 2010
Helpful? Upvote 38

“love this one, classic mcewan”

Paperback edition
2nd November 2010
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