What Chesil Beach is about:
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. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.
Why I wanted to read it:
I picked this book because it was a favorite read of 2011 from JoAnn's (Lakeside Musings) list. Read her review here.
Source: My Public Library
- I loved the author's writing and found myself instantly engaged in the story.
- I felt drawn to Edward and at times Florence, but then she would withdraw her affections from Edward and I would be left wondering why in the world she ever wanted to get married in the first place.
- It seemed as if they were both playing house....and then SEX came barging in to blow their ideal world into pieces.
- I loved, loved, love the ending!!!
This is my first encounter with McEwan's books and I can say that it won't be my last. Right when I was getting comfortable with his style the book came to an end. I thought he captured the human struggle perfectly and what I loved the most was that the characters came to life in my mind.
A huge thanks to JoAnn for introducing me to lovely writing and an author that I more than likely would never have read.
Bookish Thoughts #16