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Jill

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  • On Chesil Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come.

    George says: "One of the best new novels in recent years"
    "Short One, But Decent"
    Overall

    This does not approach "Atonement" (one of my all-time favorite books) in quality, but is quite worth reading. The situation is infuriating, and the ending a bit bland compared to the heart of the story, but it certainly is a compelling portrait of the clashing mores of its time (early sixties). The author interview after the book is a significant value-added feature that makes the audio version preferable to the print.

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