On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

This novel by Ian McEwan is the scene of the intense wedding night of Edward and Florence. Taking place in England in the early 60's, the couple spends their first honeymoon night at an an inn on Chesil Beach.


Alternating back and forth, the two characters relive and describe their childhood, how they came to meet, and fall in love. Both awkward and nervous, they painstakingly overthink and analyze what each other must be feeling and thinking. But how well do they really know each other? This story is the ultimate lesson in communication or rather lack thereof and the very disappointing result of not being truthful with one another.


A book so very well written, it's one to be read slowly so as to appreciate it's excellence.