On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan
It was because of the Ravenous Reader's well written review giving this audio book high marks that I had it rushed to me from the library. What a treat! It was everything she promised it would be. I could hardly do a better job of reviewing it myself so I encourage you to follow the link.
In essence, this book is about the honeymoon night of Florence and Edward, a young couple very much in love but with very different ideas about what will happen on their first night of married life. Edward has patiently waited to be with Florence and is anxious to experience the next step but Florence is downright repulsed at the idea of s*x. What happens on this night will affect the rest of their lives.
This novel is so beautifully written. Every little detail in it serves a purpose and brings the reader along to the final destination. The characters are memorable and sympathetic. Every part of it is believable. And listening to the author read his own work was a joy indeed. If you can get your hands on this audio it is well worth the trouble. The interview at the end is helpful in explaining the development process and the exact mood and how it was all masterfully put together.
If anyone had told me that one of my favorite books would have a heavy war theme I would have looked sceptically at them. If they had told me that I'd feel the same way about a book dealing so heavily with s*x I'd have laughed nervously. Yet Atonement and On Chesil Beach are certainly favorites. If Mr. McEwan can make these two themes appealing to me then he has some kind of magic. I anxiously await the two other books I've already ordered: Saturday and Amsterdam.