Friday, August 10, 2007
57. "On Chesil Beach" - Ian McEwan
Two virgins in the early 1960s wait until they're married before the wedding night that makes up the bulk of this novella. Edward and Florence have retreated to the honeymoon suite of an inn on Chesil Beach, each with fears for the deflowering, but such drastic differences that it is a horrifying experience.
Painstakingly detailed, readers find out about each newlyweds background and hangups, all relating back to that fateful night.
McEwan makes this night so vivid it's painful to read. A bit of a letdown at the end, seemingly autobiographical (which the author squashes by specifically saying in the intro that this is a work of fiction).
2.75 out of 5.0 Sex on the Beach on the Rocks.