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On Chesil Beach In vara anului 1962 cu putin inainte ca The Beatles sa devina faimosi Edward si Florence se casatoresc in orasul universitar Oxford Ceremonia decurge bine serviciile sint satisfacatoare petrecerea vesela si in sfirsit cei doi ramin singuri Sint fericiti poate un pic prea emotionati Iau cina intr un loc numit plaja Chesil asteptind noaptea nuntii Cu o acuratete innebunitoare vom afla povestea acestei nopti care incalcind orice simt al firescului nu se mai consuma Cei doi tineri traiesc drama unei crize sexuale intr o epoca in care conversatiile despre asemenea dificultati sint imposibil de purtat „Si ce ii oprea” noteaza autorul „personalitatile lor trecutul ignoranta si temerile timiditatea o sensibilitate excesiva lipsa sigurantei a experientei sau a dezinvolturii ramasitele unor scrupule religioase istoria insasi” Edward si Florence sint cu adevarat un cuplu ciudat Amindoi inteligenti si educati dar diferiti – poate nu neaparat in mod ireconciliabil daca ar fi reusit sa vorbeasca sincer unul cu altul UPDATED May 24 2018 after watching the new film This is my second viewing of the film I first saw it last September during the Toronto film festival I read the book a month ago And I rescreened the film a few days ago to review before its theatrical release I prefer the novel especially for the witty all knowing narrator The flashbacks are handled much subtly in the book than they are in the movieBut the film McEwan wrote the screenplay captures the same tone of light comedy and tragedy Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are beautifully cast as are Samuel West and Emily Watson as Florence's parents and it's uite something to see the actual Chesil Beach In the film you understand that if you walk all the way out on the beach there's only one way to come back which is an intriguing metaphor for the central decision in the bookThe biggest difference in the movie apart from view spoilerthe abuse being much clearer hide spoiler i read this book in one sitting on a plane from la to nyc and it just knocked my socks off and i came up with a scenerio imagine if i was flying cross country for some kind of mcewanesue purpose suppose last time i had been in new york I had met a girl had spent only a few hours with her but came back changed i walked around los angeles buzzed different everything slightly altered colored with that feeling alright yeah it sounds stupid but go with me and mcewan on this what if i just couldn’t get her outta my head i mean what if this girl was just perfect like so ridiculously smart and funny and beautiful and just had that ineffable 'thing' that only very very few people that you ever meet in your life have i mean what if prick atheist that i am i just knew that this was something important? does one behave cautiously and cower before the impossibility and impracticality of a geographically challenged love affair? does one cower before doubt and fear and insecurity and the unknown and the possiblity of failure?or does one shove all that useless stuff aside and burst forward chest out and fists clenched and grab one’s fate by the throat rather than be content as ‘attendant lord’? well this is the stuff of mcewan’s fiction he’s obsessed with that one moment and all the various possibilites which extend outward into time and space whether it be a shared glance while hanging from the dangling ropes of a uickly ascending hot air balloon or the reaction to a disastrous night of naïve lovemaking or being attacked by two canine rapists seriously or as in my case a magical but unrealistic night spent knocking around lower east side bars and one can’t help but wonder in reading his books if one were put in the place of one of mcewan’s protagonists how heshe would react as per my 'imaginary' scenerio would one go for it? or would it be smarter to think with the mind over the heart you want what you can’t have grass is always greener love is a biological imperative necessary for survival of the species to consider the negatives 3000 miles is a lot of space between to be practical plenty of girls in los angeles would i go for it? would i jump on a plane for her? would i risk looking like a crazy person? would i risk rejection and heartbreak? would it be the smart fuck smart move to get involved with someone i would rarely see in person? would i throw caution fuck caution to the wind and make some kind of grand gesture to a girl i’ve only actually seen in the flesh about 4 days in my life? would i blow off the world and take her down to say south america for a week?or perhaps i would as so many of mcewan’s tragic protagonists do take the reasonable route and allow fate to determine my course?hmmm The first thing you should know about this book is that like the other Ian McEwan books I’ve read it is about the most uncomfortable awkward and suirmy thing you’ll ever read Don’t believe me? What if I told you that the book – which is 200 pages long – only covers about two hours of time the first two hours of a newlywed couple’s honeymoon in which they fumble to consummate their marriage? And that both of them have very embarrassing sexual dysfunctions? Well that’s what the book is about The reader looks on helplessly and suirmingly as two virgins Edward and Florence sit in a hotel room on the beach embarrassed out of their minds It’s 1962 on the cusp of the sexual revolution and the pair have neither the presence of mind or even the vocabulary to communicate openly with each other There is only a handful of words spoken until the very last chapter of the book it was tough for me not to use the word climax here but I try to stay classy For the first 50 pages or so I was convinced that McEwan was just selling a freak show to us again – that he’s a popular author because people like reading about sex and other people’s weirdo sex problems Who needs a plot or well executed sentences when we could have incest brain damage erectile dysfunction and a 30000 word sex scene? Bring on other peoples’ guilt and shame But I kept reading and I’m glad I did Through a number of seamless flashbacks the history of the couple unfolded before me – so slowly and steadily and adeptly that I am now convinced that Ian McEwan is a genius A dirty old man genius It made me think back to a few years ago when Ben and I were lucky enough to interview Jim Shepard Ben’s favorite contemporary writer and a visiting author at the University of Montana visiting because Ben reuested him no less We sat in the Union Club sipping straight whiskeys and Jim Shepard told us that the truly great books he was specifically talking about Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping are books that are constantly revelatory And that’s exactly what I though about On Chesil Beach Everyone – we’re talking about the characters and me – were learning and understanding and deeply with each page It felt like a blossoming or to be less lame and corny like a picture very slowly coming into focus Many times when authors reveal information it seems cheap or as if they were withholding it from you in order to keep you reading – dime mystery book stuff But McEwan’s real gift is in the natural and subtle ways that he presents information to the reader In fact many of the biggest revelations in the book are never said outright but only seep into the story until you understand each one as truth It’s really pretty well done So – if you can handle cringing non stop for three or four hours and have a strong stomach you should pick up this book And let me know if you can figure out exactly how McEwan does what he does because I’d like to know about it We know the story in advance from the book jacket a disastrous wedding night Both are virgins Young people will find that hard to believe these days but this is set in the 1960’s As the author tells us “the pill was only a rumor” They had no opportunity for intimacy while dating While in school in London he lived in a room in the house of a strict aunt She lived in a women’s rooming house with a dorm mother keeping watch and no men allowedWe learn about their families and upbringing; how they met and how they dated Both are intellectuals He’s studying to be a professor of history; her life is music and playing the violin They are or less in love and they are getting married because it’s what you do “This was still the erawhen to be young was a social encumbrance a mark of irrelevance a faintly embarrassing condition for which marriage was the beginning of a cure”The woman suspects there is something wrong with her – she knew nothing about sex just what she read in a how to guide She was terrified and repelled by all the talk of fluids and penetration He’s anxious and fumbling He mistakes her moans of disgust for signs of pleasure It was a good story and it kept my attention but I found the book a bit dragged out Maybe it should have been a short story This is my sixth McEwan Enduring Love Nutshell Amsterdam Saturday and Atonement and only the last I rated a five Photo of Chesil Beach from Southamptonacuk

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • On Chesil Beach
  • Ian McEwan
  • Romanian
  • 06 January 2016
  • 9789734656196

About the Author: Ian McEwan

First Love Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award 1987 and the Prix Fémina Etranger 1993 for


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