May 23, 2009

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

I just finished reading this book last night and really don't know what to say about it. This is a book I picked up at the aiport in Italy because I had to get rid of my remaining Euros before I flew home. I love the way Atonement was written and figured reading a second book by McEwan couldn't be too bad. And in some ways I was completely right and in some ways I was completely wrong.

This book was written brilliantly. It's less than 200 pages and a very quick read. The writing is outstanding and idea behind the book is great. The book is set on the wedding night of a young couple. It goes through their thoughts before it's time to consumate their marriage. The girl is scared beyond belief because she knows nothing about sex, and the guy just doesn't understand her hesitation. Sounds relatable right?

The book is split into five chapters or books, each a different part of their story. The books go through and somewhat explain why each is feeling the way they do and does a great job at it. By the point it's decision time for the couple, you completely understand where they are both coming from and you're hoping that they'll also figure it out and enjoy the perfect wedding night people dream of.

I'm not going to ruin the book for you, it's worth reading but I will warn you it is also as one of the reviews on the front says, "Devestating." I really enjoy McEwan's writing style but can't say I loved this book. 5 stars for great writing but he loses 1 star for breaking my heart- 4 stars.


  1. You made me curious about this book, I wanto to read it.

  2. Hmmm, your review of the book makes me want to read it. I've had it on my shelf for a few months now. Should pick it up for my next read.


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