22 09 2007

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan


2 star

Really novella rather than novel, generally wonderful flowing writing and nicely paced, but it really just doesn’t work. Two quite unlikeable characters get married and the wedding night goes completely horribly wrong. They fail to communicate (it being 1962) either in the bedroom or on the beach and their lives take different courses thereafter. The real problem here is that it is very difficult to care a jot about either of them. What a pity.




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