It would be easy to rank this book as a small McEwan book in between two “important” McEwan books, but it is quite large in it’s own way. The action of the book takes place mostly on one night of the two protagonists, but the scope is huge. He is wonderfully generous to his characters, creating people heartbreakingly trapped in their respective roles. Although Saturday and Atonement had a larger palettes, On Chesil Beach is lyric and lucid as it chronicles the paths of Edward and Florence as defined by their actions on their wedding night.
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Clark Knowles lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with his wife and daughter. View all posts by Clark Knowles