Book Review: On Chesil Beach

chesil_beach_150On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan. This lovely novel of five chapters tells the story of a wedding night, but moves back in time to explore the characters’ pasts and, at the end, moves forward so the reader can view the repercussions of that night. McEwan plays with interior monologue, having the narrator speak for the youthful, inarticulate Florence and the only slightly more articulate Edward, both twenty-two, whose inability to explain their thoughts and feelings to each other, or even to themselves, creates a lifelong separation.


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