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On Chesil Beach por Ian McEwan
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On Chesil Beach (original 2007; edição 2007)

por Ian McEwan (Autor)

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The story centers around two newlyweds, Edward and Florence Mayhew both virgins who must struggle through their internal battles with sexual anxiety.
Membro:sjatkinson60
Título:On Chesil Beach
Autores:Ian McEwan (Autor)
Informação:Jonathan Cape (2007), Edition: 1st, 176 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
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"A story lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not said"

'On Chesil Beach' primarily focuses on a single night but also features childhood flashbacks as well as future events and revolves around a newly married couple's lack of meaningful communication.

“They barely knew each other, and never could because of the blanket of companionable near-silence that smothered their differences and blinded them as much as bound them.”

After a short courtship, Edward and Florence are married and are to spend their wedding night in a hotel on Chesil Beach. Both are virgins and over dinner each are preoccupied with thoughts about what will happen when they consummate their marriage. Both are worried for very different reasons. After months of gentle petting Edward is looking forward to the freedom from constraints that marriage will allow him but is worried he will climax prematurely. Meanwhile Florence, has absolutely no interest in sex and is trying to convince herself that she can go through with it.

“She could not bear to let Edward down. And she was convinced she was completely in the wrong.”

The most compelling question of the story is whether Florence is simply asexual or had she suffered some sort of sexual trauma in her past which whilst not entirely put her off the act has certainly shaped her attitude towards it?

Even now my opinion swings from one standpoint to the other but ultimately I don’t think that it really matters. Instead we should focus on the couple's difficulties with talking about sex. Florence in particular doesn't think that she has either the terminology or ability to do so, nor is it socially acceptable to even try.

“She could never have described her array of feelings: a dry physical sensation of tight shrinking, general revulsion at what she might be asked to do, shame at the prospect of disappointing him, and of being revealed as a fraud.”

In contrast I felt that Edward was much more poorly drawn. To me he seemed shallow and peevish which meant that the final climatic conversation when it arrived lost some of its punch for I had little sympathy for him by that point. I don't think that the disparity in their upbringing helped the plot either.

I have read a few of the author's books and thus far all of them have left me underwhelmed, this one is little different.Despite only being first published in 2007 it already felt dated. A quick read but one unlikely to live long in the memory. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jul 29, 2021 |
I read the book years ago and recently watched the movie so I wanted to refresh my memory about the book. The book is great. The movie was ok. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Finally read 11 years after its publication, and a few days after seeing the movie. The book is more subtle, heartbreaking, and true to life. Beautifully written too. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
> SUR LA PLAGE DE CHESIL, par Ian McEwan. — Une tragédie déguisée en vaudeville, voilà ce que nous offre McEwan avec ce petit roman foudroyant qui fait revivre l'Angleterre encore très puritaine des sixties.
Une tragédie déguisée en vaudeville, voilà ce que nous offre McEwan avec ce petit roman foudroyant qui fait revivre l'Angleterre encore très puritaine des sixties. A l'église d'Oxford, Edward et Florence se sont juré fidélité mais, quelques heures plus tard, dans une auberge douillette du Dorset, leur nuit de noces se transformera en un lamentable fiasco parce que les deux tourtereaux ne connaissent rien aux affaires de sexe... Ce naufrage nuptial, le Britannique l'orchestre avec une subtilité psychologique remarquable, comme une valse à deux temps : lune de miel, et lune de fiel. --L'Express

> Esprit, No. 348 (10) (Octobre 2008), pp. 224-227 : https://esprit.presse.fr/article/sylvie-bressler/ian-mcewan-sur-la-plage-de-ches...

> Babelio : https://www.babelio.com/livres/McEwan-Sur-la-plage-de-Chesil/84703

> BAnQ (La presse, 7 sept. 2008) : https://collections.banq.qc.ca/ark:/52327/2208681
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 11, 2021 |
ffs. what a load of crap.

really easy to read, but gives you nothing. Dull, pretentious, bland, unmemorable.

1* - will approach McEwan with great trepidation in future. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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On Chesil Beach is brief and carefully plotted, the writing is measured, the tone of voice is forgiving and nostalgic. In other words, it is a fine example of emotion recollected in tranquillity. Even so, I couldn't help regretting the fun McEwan might have had with these sad fumbling innocents when he was younger, less mellow, and a great deal less forbearing.
adicionada por jburlinson | editarNew York Review of Books, Al Alvarez (sítio Web pago) (Jul 19, 2007)
 
After two big, ambitious novels — “Atonement” and “Saturday” — Ian McEwan has inexplicably produced a small, sullen, unsatisfying story that possesses none of those earlier books’ emotional wisdom, narrative scope or lovely specificity of detail.
 
Sans fard, Ian McEwan décrit cette jeunesse encore prisonnière de ses convenances, méconnaissant tout des relations sexuelles et de la vie de couple, mariés seulement après quelques flirts pudiques. Cette première nuit d'intimité détermine leur vie entière, leur engagement alors définitif.
 

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This was still the era - it would end later in that famous decade - when to be young was a social encumbrance, a mark of irrelevance, a faintly embarrassing condition for which marriage was the beginning of a cure.
There was no one she could have talked to. Ruth, her sister, was too young, and her mother, perfectly wonderful in her way, was too intellectual, too brittle, an old-fashioned bluestocking. Whenever she confronted an intimate problem, she tended to adopt the public manner of the lecture hall, and use longer and longer words, and make references to books she thought everyone should have read.
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