On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan by Ian McEwan

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Recently married, a young couple--Florence, a talented musician and shy daughter of an aloof Oxford academic and a successful businessman, and Edward an earnest history student with little experience of women--looks forward to the future, but cannot help but worry about their upcoming wedding night. By the author of Atonement. 200,000 first printing.
 

About Ian McEwan

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IAN McEWAN is the bestselling author of fourteen books, including the novels Solar; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He lives in England. www.ianmcewan.com
 
Published June 5, 2007 by New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
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Ian McEwan has inexplicably produced a small, sullen, unsatisfying story that possesses none of those earlier books’ emotional wisdom, narrative scope or lovely specificity of detail.

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While everything is going so horribly wrong for Florence's wedding night, something comes rising up from her childhood: "Here came the past, anyway, the indistinct past.

Mar 30 2007 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

Suite 101

The unabridged audio book version of On Chesil Beach is read by the author, Ian McEwan.

Feb 17 2007 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

The Bookbag

Yes Pages: 176 Date: March 2007 Publisher: Jonathan Cape ISBN: 978-0224081184 On Chesil Beach is the story of Edward and Florence, and their wedding night in a hotel near Chesil Beach with its infinite shingle.

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The Bookbag

Yes Pages: 176 Date: March 2007 Publisher: Jonathan Cape ISBN: 978-0224081184 On Chesil Beach is the story of Edward and Florence, and their wedding night in a hotel near Chesil Beach with its infinite shingle.

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Pajiba

It’s as if it sort of drifts timelessly, which helps to add to the circumstances, and adds such thickness to the story.

Oct 23 2008 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

Gather Books

The central event of the novel is the wedding night in a hotel at Chesil Beach, where things come apart miserably as a result of his extreme performance anxiety and her irrepressible sexual loathing.

Jul 16 2008 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

About.com Bestsellers

On Chesil Beach is the latest achievement from one of the best authors of our time, and it should not be missed.ProsIan McEwan is a commanding, precise writer and On Chesil Beach is absolutely a pleasure to read The story is layered and thought-provoking, but at the same time compelling and engro...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Gail Caldwell Miami Herald 4 of 5 Stars "On Chesil Beach, which first appeared as a short story in The New Yorker, builds a potent suspense swiftly, and McEwan details the couple’s sexual encounter with unnerving precision.

Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

TimesUnion.com

In McEwan’s short novel, the titular place is a rocky coastal resort on the wedding night of Edward and Florence, virgins in their early 20s who can’t communicate on a personal level.

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TimesUnion.com

In McEwan’s short novel, the titular place is a rocky coastal resort on the wedding night of Edward and Florence, virgins in their early 20s who can’t communicate on a personal level.

Nov 29 2007 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

The Moderate Voice

This is another Guest Book Review by fiction writer Jessica Schneider who also writes for the highly visited site Cosmoetica, is Book Editor for Monsters and Critics and is the only contributor to her own blog.

Nov 26 2007 | Read Full Review of On Chesil Beach / Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan has reached the status of a British John Updike or Philip Roth, where the publication of each new book is a notable event.

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