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Temerile timiditatea o sensibilitate excesiva lipsa sigurantei a experientei sau a dezinvolturii ramasitele unor scrupule religioase istoria insasi” Edward si Florence sint cu adevarat un cuplu ciudat Amindoi inteligenti si educati dar diferiti – poate nu neaparat in mod ireconciliabil daca ar fi reusit sa vorbeasca sincer unul cu altu The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomRegular readers know that this month CCLaP is taking an extended look at the nominees for the 2007 Booker Prize and regular readers also know that so far I ve been mostly disappointed by the nominees I ve read finding most of them to be inconseuential little wisps of stories many of them well written but certainly not weighty enough to be called The Best Novel of 2007 And thus do we come to the fifth Booker nominee to be reviewed here as well as the one easily most well known Ian McEwan s On Chesil Beach and let me tell you if a common complaint about this year s Booker nominees is of their slight and inconseuential nature On Chesil Beach isn t helping matters at all in that it is such a non excuse for a novel as to almost not exist In fact I can literally give you the entire plot of this 200 page paperback sized book in literally 177 words and this is a major spoiler alert by the way because I m not kidding I really am about to tell you the entire storyline of On Chesil Beach from beginning to end without skipping a single detail in 177 words ReadyA young middle class couple get married in England in 1962 and spend their wedding night on Chesil Beach He only got married because he s horny as hell and lives in middle class 1962 England where getting married is the only chance you re going to have to get laid and as a result has now become a cuckold employee of his upper class father in law she despises the very idea of sex altogether but is too much of a coward to tell her husband instead spending months psyching herself up into performing her upcoming wifely duties The wedding night arrives He gets so excited that he has a premature ejaculation on his wife s stomach She becomes so disgusted that she flees the room in a panic He chases her down the beach where they have an explosive argument based on mutual misunderstanding of each other s behavior She leaves him that night and their marriage is annulled presumably And he spends the rest of his life thinking about the relationship that was never meant to beNo dude seriously that s it that s the entire freaking plotline of the book Which fine I don t necessarily mind when it s a 10000 word short story in a literary magazine that I m reading on a boring Sunday afternoon down at my neighborhood cafe but seriously as a standalone book for 22 damn dollars And that the Booker committee has the gall to nominate as the best novel of the entire year Seriously Are you kidding me It s hard for me to

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On Chesil Beach

In vara anului 1962 cu putin inainte ca The Beatles sa devina faimosi Edward si Florence se casatoresc in orasul universitar Oxford Ceremonia decurge bine serviciile sint satisfacatoare petrecerea vesela si in sfirsit cei doi ramin singuri Sint fericiti poate un pic prea emotionati Iau cina intr un loc numit plaja Chesil asteptind noaptea n We know the story in advance from the book jacket a disastrous wedding night Both are virgins Young people will find that hard to believe these days but this is set in the 1960 s As the author tells us the pill was only a rumor They had no opportunity for intimacy while dating While in school in London he lived in a room in the house of a strict aunt She lived in a women s rooming house with a dorm mother keeping watch and no men allowedWe learn about their families and upbringing how they met and how they dated Both are intellectuals He s studying to be a professor of history her life is music and playing the violin They are or less in love and they are getting married because it s what you do This was still the erawhen to be young was a social encumbrance a mark of irrelevance a faintly embarrassing condition for which marriage was the beginning of a cure The woman suspects there is something wrong with her she knew nothing about sex just what she read in a how to guide She was terrified and repelled by all the talk of fluids and penetration He s anxious and fumbling He mistakes her moans of disgust for signs of pleasure It was a good story and it kept my attention but I found the book a bit dragged out Maybe it should have been a short story This is my sixth McEwan Enduring Love Nutshell Amsterdam Saturday and Atonement and only the last I rated a five Photo of Chesil Beach from Southamptonacuk

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Untii Cu o acuratete innebunitoare vom afla povestea acestei nopti care incalcind orice simt al firescului nu se mai consuma Cei doi tineri traiesc drama unei crize sexuale intr o epoca in care conversatiile despre asemenea dificultati sint imposibil de purtat „Si ce ii oprea” noteaza autorul „personalitatile lor trecutul ignoranta si This deceptively light novella describes the events of Florence and Edward s disastrous honeymoon night in 1962 interspersed with details of their childhoods and courtship to suggest how those influenced what happened Update re film at the bottom It is clinical and understated from the start The wedding had gone well and the weather not perfect but entirely adeuate and continues in the bedroom with detailed descriptions of physical sensations of skin muscle and even individual hairs stroking for than one and a half minutes too preciseFlorence is incapable of rudeness Edward polite to a fault and both are virgins and unable to discuss intimate things There were no words to name what had happened there existed no shared language leading to misunderstandings lost opportunities and unexpected conseuences Edward is guided by duty Florence is guided by guilt though not being religious she can t get absolution and has a visceral dread of sex realising that sex with Edward could not be the summation of her joy but was the price she must pay for it Photo On Chesil Beach April 2016 sea in front barely visible lagoon behind DestinyA major theme is destiny which is perhaps the converse of missed opportunities They regarded themselves as too sophisticated to believe in destiny yet it was a belief in destiny that prompted Florence to form her uartet and Florence and Edward inferred the hand of destiny in the extreme improbability of their meeting plus Edward wants to study and write about how powerful individuals can change destinyContrastsThey are very different Florence is a classical musician from a privileged academic city background lacking in confidence except where music is concerned Edward is uiet but in the past occasionally explosive a history graduate from a rural sualid family home with a brain damaged mother Both are used to leaving things unsaid Florence is adept at concealing her feelings from her family and lived in isolation within herself while Edward grew up in a family that colluded in his mother s fantasy of a well run household by not talking about it He secretly chose a London university instead of nearby Oxford as part of his sense of a concealed life Music is often important in McEwan s works Florence and Edward s musical tastes are fundamentally incompatible though they try yet for Florence music is her path to pleasure rather than physical intimacy Although Edward s family home was chaotic and somewhat repressed it was loving He enjoys the exotic opulence of Florence s home and although not a social climber his desire for Florence was inseparable from the setting Florence was raised by nannies and her mother is uninterested in her tone deaf and had barely ever touched her daughter Her relationship with her father is subtle but perhaps troubling Sometimes she found him physically repellent and sometimes she d hug and kiss him and loather herself for it She even jokes about marrying him Although he never touched her in Edward s sight they were intensely aware of each other he did hug her sister and took overnight trips alone together even sharing a room on the boat At times Florence feels like the parent or child of Edward rather than his girlfriend or wifeEbb and FlowThere is plenty of see sawing in the book the ebb and flow of the sea on the stones of Chesil Beach of desire of who to blame for what goes wrong both in the minds of the characters and the readers and Florence s feelings about her father and whether or not she thinks there is something wrong with Edward or herselfNowadaysThe story and especially the ending would be implausible nowadays but fits the characters and the period My parents married at almost exactly the same ages in almost the same year and I can see many similarities in aspects of my mother s upbringing and attitudes and Florence s I m unsure whether she d see that or want toThe fact that Edward fell away from history to live snugly in the present seems entirely appropriateIt is a raw and painful book in places all the ironic given that it is set in the allegedly swinging 60s There is additional irony in the fact that Florence takes Edward s cherry but only at dinner an image oddly missing from the film Complimentary NovelsTwo were written in the 60s about the 60s and feature a woman struggling with sexual intimacy against the zeitgeist of the swinging 60sMargaret Drabble s The Millstone see my review HERELynne Reid Banks The L Shaped Room see my review HEREOne of my two favourite books was written in the 60s describing the life and awful marriage of a man born at the turn of the century John Williams exuisite Stoner see my review HERE Also Julian Barnes 1986 novel Staring at the Sun see my review HERE has similarly poignant anxiety about sex though it takes a humorous angle UPDATE re Film of 2018The film was brilliant beautiful and mostly true to the spirit of my memory of the book eight years earlier with one HUGE caveat The significant difference is that there was afterstory than I remember That didn t feel necessary and in particular the fact that in the film Florence went on to view spoilerhave three children starting very soon after the annulment of her marriage to Edward totally changes the causes and conseuences of what went wrong on their wedding night hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “On Chesil Beach

  1. says:

    i read this book in one sitting on a plane from la to nyc and it just knocked my socks off and i came up with a scenerio imagine if i was flying cross country for some kind of mcewanesue purpose suppose last time i had been in new york I had met a girl had spent only a few hours with her but came back changed i

  2. says:

    The first thing you should know about this book is that like the other Ian McEwan books I’ve read it is about

  3. says:

    We know the story in advance from the book jacket a disastrous wedding night Both are virgins Young people will find that hard to believe these days but this is set in the 1960’s As the author tells us “the pill was on

  4. says:

    This deceptively light novella describes the events of Florence and Edward’s disastrous honeymoon night in 1962 interspersed with details of their childhoods and courtship to suggest how those influenced what happened Update re fi

  5. says:

    Love lost through an inability to speak truthIt is 1962 Edward and Florence have gone to a lovely seaside hotel on their wedding night totally unprepared for the actual mechanics of sex Both are virgins Both have little knowledge of what can or should be done and the result is not a happy one Still the issue her

  6. says:

    “ they had so many plans giddy plans heaped up before them in the misty future as richly tangled as the summer flora of the Dorset coast and

  7. says:

    Having read my first McEwan I think I can begin to understand why so many good friends feel conflicted about hi

  8. says:

    The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomRegular readers know that this month CCLaP is taking an extended look at the nominees for the 2007 Booker Prize; and regular readers also know that so far I've been mostly disappointed by the nominees I've read finding most of them to be inconseuential little wisps of stories many of them well written but certainly not weig

  9. says:

    I've been in a relationship with Ian McEwan for less than a month now and let me tell you he's driving me CRAZYI wonder things about him like does he have a particularly magical keyboard that only types out the rig

  10. says:

    UPDATED May 24 2018 after watching the new film This is my second viewing of the film I first saw it last September during the Toronto film festival I read the book a month ago And I rescreened the film a few days ago to review before its theatrical release I prefer the novel especially for the witty all knowing narrator The flashbacks are handled much subtly in the book than they are in the movieBut the film McEwan wrote the scr