Van has finished reading…On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

23 Nov

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

This is a wonderfully evocative book. The characters are expertly drawn, such that I could easily visualise the wonders of Florence’s breakfast table at home. It seems almost dipped in sepia for a time; as though McEwan harbours a special fondness for a more ‘innocent’ age. It is very funny in places too, and mentions Croydon in a fashion that will raise a knowing laugh from many a Croydonian.

The crux of it all though, the tentative dance between these newlyweds is expertly rendered. By far the most accessible and readable of McEwan’s works (for me) that I’ve read. I’d recommend it to anyonee, but particularly light or new readers. It’s short enough not to be daunting, and will get you thinking without being wordy about it.

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