So many reviews have already been
written by so many about McEwan's On Chesil Beach
that it wouldn't be surprising to find that the
total word count of reviews surpass those of the
novel itself - an almost pocket-sized 200 pages in
which every word has been honed to perfection.
Indeed, many of the reviews are in such detail that,
if you have read as many as we have, you might feel
that there's little reason to read the book itself -
but to miss this little gem of a novel would be a
Most reviews focus on the fact that the book is centered around a newly married couple's first night, with much discussion of the sexual mores of the period (early 1960s); and, inevitably, many reviewers refer to Ian Larkin's iconic poem, Annus...
Chesil Beach: The hotel that Florence and Edward stay in maybe fictitious, but 18-mile long Chesil Beach in Dorset (where it is known as Chesil Bank) is one of the natural wonders of the English coastline. The couple plan to walk on the shingle beach between the sea and the lagoon, known as the Fleet. You'll find pictures of where they might have walked at the Chesil Beach website.
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