Wednesday, April 09, 2008

On Chesil Beach

Oh. My. God.

How on earth did I not read Ian McEwan until now? I find myself saying that a lot lately, which is why I won't review On Chesil Beach properly until Monday's installment of "The Finicky Reader." I've written--are you sitting?--an 1,100 word review of it. It was breathtaking, wonderful, complicated, heartbreaking. What a hell of a ride for only 203 pages (or just over four hours of listening in the car).


  1. You should read The Child in Time next: it was sooo good. :)

  2. OMG! 1100 words?! I hope we get to read it. I absolutely LOVED Atonement, so now I'm tempted to put my current book aside and pick up On Chesil Beach.

  3. I read Atonement in December and felt that it was the best book I read in 2007. He is an amazing writer.

  4. I only have read Atonement by the author, but I was swept off my feet by his writing. I can't wait to read your review (and the book!).

  5. Andi, read Atonement. It's the only Ian McEwan I've read, but it floored me. It's so good.

  6. Well I guess I need to add this to the ole wish list! Sounds verrry interesting! I still have Atonement on there (I've had it since Les read and reviewed it ages ago!) and really want to read it. I have been waiting for the right mood to strike. Seems like I would have to be in the right mood for McEwan.

  7. I didn't love it. I loved a lot of things about it, but not the story really, and that's the big selling point for me. He can write, that's for sure, but meh, just couldn't get into it. Atonement on the other hand..

  8. Eva, I will! I know nothing about it, and that's probably a good thing. I like surprises.

    Les, YES! I couldn't believe it myself. You should absolutely give Chesil a try, and I'll hurry up and read Atonement. :D

    Thanks for the advice, Stephanie. Atonement has been on my shelves for far too long.

    Wendy, I can't wait to read Atonement now. I think I started it once, but my concentration was shot, so it didn't last long.

    Will do, Myrthe!

    Heatheroo, I definitely think McEwan is a mood read. In fact, I don't know if I would've been in the mood for On Chesil Beach if I hadn't been listening. The minute detail is more intriguing when read aloud, I think.

    Lu, like I said to Heather, I don't know if I would've had the same experience if I read the book instead of listening. I will definitely give Atonement a go.

  9. You almost wrote a companion book to this one! ha,ha...
    I'm one of those few people that didn't like Atonement. However, Saturday was one of those books that you can't stop thinking about. Hope you enjoy your next McEwan book - I definitely want to read On Chesil Beach.

  10. You're making me want to read it even before reading your review!

  11. Iliana, you're exactly right! Ha! I hope you enjoy this one since Atonement was a miss.

    Good, Nymeth! Maybe my review will push you over the edge.


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