Metro Reco: On Chesil Beach
Now that my reading time is mostly limited to naps and the little amount of time between dinner and bed, I really appreciate short books, like Ian McEwan’s latest novel (novella?), On Chesil Beach. Though short, the book packs a powerful punch.
Set in England in 1962 on the cusp of the sexual revolution, a young married couple, Florence and Edward, commence their honeymoon in Dorset, each with very different expectations. Much of the narrative takes place during that fateful night as the innocent couple try to reconcile their needs with the expectations placed upon them.
Beautifully written, thoughtful and redolent of the uncertainty of youth, this is a lovely, two-nap read.
Ian McEwan is the author of two short story collections and ten novels including Amsterdam for which he won the Booker prize in 1998.
I have three copies to give away! Please email me at metro[underscore]mama[at]hotmail[dot]com (sorry, Canadian mailing addresses only).