On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
©2007 Ian McEwan; (P)Random House Audio
Excerpts taken from String Quintet in D major, K.593 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Licensed by kind permission of Naxos Rights International Ltd
"McEwan's masterful 13th work of fiction most resembles a five-part classical drama rendered in prose....[His] flawless omniscient narration has a curious (and not unpleasantly condescending) fable-like quality, as if an older self were simultaneously disavowing and affirming a younger." (Publishers Weekly)
well written and narated by Ian McEwan. Difficult to accept outcome of couple. I feel all couples have issues and difficulties that they have to over come. Love usually gets them through. I found it hard to accept this couple's decision.
"On Acheson Beach"
A brilliant tale, so well narrated by the author. The discussion at the end is an added bonus and something that might be done more often by audible. It was all very enjoyable.
"Heart breaking "
Beautifully written and sensitively read. How pure and simple an occasion can be told to such effect is genius.
"Very good listen"
Within a few minutes of starting listening to this book I knew that I would see it through, having abandoned a lot of books recently (due to lack of concentration). I just found the quality of the writing reassuring and the words engaging from the start. The story was reflective, and easy to associate with and despite the difficulties depicted, it didn't get intense enough to drain me. I now need to seek out more Ian McEwan books.
"The writer not the book, the reader not the text.."
Where boundaries were once pushed with 'First Love, Last Rites' technologies innovated through his nascent period and Ian McEwan's full glory delivered in Amsterdam, Enduring Love, Saturday and Atonement, it remains to be seen whether the end of the Golden Period of front parlour Socialism, the NHS, the Co-op and the good old British Class system has left him washed up on his own sand and pebbles. Whilst undoubtedly furnished and burnished by Aldershot sun, this book doesn't deliver at the same level that previous efforts have and Mr Ian is going to have to get his finger out so that he really has something worthwhile in hand to reflect the delight we'll all feel when he gets his knighthood next year.
I had too high expectations with regards to this short story. The characters are 'flat' and there's no edge to the story. Wasted money.
This was a really good listen - very sad though.
"read as it should be"
Right from the start of this short novel, Ian McEwan provides wonderful insights into the scenarios we all find ourselves in, when we refuse to express in words what we really feel inside. All the way through, the reader glimpses insights into unwritten events in the lives of the two characters. The author's reading of his own work steers us gently to its inevitable end.
"Poignant and life changing"
At one level a tale of repressed sexuality, very nostalgia provoking for those emerging into adulthood in the early 1960s, and with moments of excruciating embarrassment and laugh aloud hilarity. At a deeper level a sad story of stereotypical expectations, inflexibility and self righteousness leading to missed opportunities and wasted lives. The author's comments in an interview at the end of the book are an added bonus and very illuminating.
"What a disappointment"
I used to think that Ian McEwan was such a talented writer - how can the same author write Atonement and Chesil Beach. Saturday was pretty non-descript, but this novella (and this can only be classed as such) really left me flat. Yes, he describes some poignant issues surrounding sexual encounters, but these are issues that are widely discussed amongst women - something that really McEwan does not appear to appreciate.
"Won't appeal to everyone"
While I personally thoroughly enjoyed this intimate vignette, I know that many readers of modern fiction will find it slow and boring. However, connoisseurs of fine literature will surely enjoy its attention to detail, the intricacies of the characters motives, the tragedy of a doomed love. Beautifully crafted. A fine portrait of a time.
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