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ON CHESIL BEACH

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Size matters. Or so it seems with literature. From Dickens to Dostoevsky through Pynchon and Franzen, the culture typically equates great books with big books. Even with authors who have shown early mastery of the shorter form, such as James Joyce and Saul Bellow, such works are seen in retrospect as warm-ups for the longer novels on which their reputations rest. Thus it was no surprise when Ian ... Read full review

Review: On Chesil Beach

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Norah Piehl

On the surface of things, Ian McEwan's ON CHESIL BEACH is a simple story. Edward and Florence, a young couple in their early 20s, have just gotten married on a summer day in 1962. On their wedding night, they eat dinner in their honeymoon suite, try and fail to consummate their marriage, and erupt into a hurtful war of words on the stony beach outside their Dorset honeymoon inn. But that's just ... Read full review


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