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On Chesil Beach

McEwan, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0224081187 / ISBN 13: 9780224081184
Editorial: Jonathan Cape, London, 2007
Condición: As New Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Flat-signed by the author in black ink, and unmarred by an added date or dedication. This is a true UK first edition / first printing, with all numbers present on the numberline ie 24681097531. A pristine copy of this sad tale of a new marriage falling apart, by the Booker Prize-winning author of 'Amsterdam' and 'Atonement'. The book has only been opened to check first-edition status, and for the author to sign. The jacket is, naturally, un-price-clipped, and with no faults or marks. Protected now by a removable plastic cover. We store all our books out of sunlight, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000004

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Título: On Chesil Beach

Editorial: Jonathan Cape, London

Año de publicación: 2007

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition

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Sinopsis:

It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come..."On Chesil Beach" is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Review:

Such is Ian McEwan's genius that, despite rambling nature walks and the naming of birds, his subject matter remains hermetically sealed in the hearts of two people.

It is 1962 when Edward and Florence, 23 and 22 respectively, marry and repair to a hotel on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon. They are both virgins, both apprehensive about what's next and in Florence's case, utterly and blindly terrified and repelled by the little she knows. Through a tense dinner in their room, because Florence has decided that the weather is not fine enough to dine on the terrace, they are attended by two local boys acting as waiters. The cameo appearances of the boys and Edward and Florence's parents and siblings serve only to underline the emotional isolation of the two principals. Florence says of herself: "...she lacked some simple mental trick that everyone else had, a mechanism so ordinary that no one ever mentioned it, an immediate sensual connection to people and events, and to her own needs and desires...."

They are on the cusp of a rather ordinary marital undertaking in differing states of readiness, willingness and ardor. McEwan says: "Where he merely suffered conventional first-night nerves, she experienced a visceral dread, a helpless disgust as palpable as seasickness." Edward, having denied himself even the release of self-pleasuring for a week, in order to be tip-top for Florence, is mentally pawing the ground. His sensitivity keeps him from being obvious, but he is getting anxious. Florence, on the other hand, knows that she is not capable of the kind of arousal that will make any of this easy. She has held Edward off for a year, and now the reckoning is upon her.

McEwan is the master of the defining moment, that place and time when, once it has taken place, nothing will ever be the same after it. It does not go well and Florence flees the room. "As she understood it, there were no words to name what had happened, there existed no shared language in which two sane adults could describe such events to each other." Edward eventually follows her and they have a poignant and painful conversation where accusations are made, ugly things are said and roads are taken from which, in the case of these two, the way back cannot be found. Late in Edward's life he realizes: "Love and patience--if only he had them both at once--would surely have seen them both through." This beautifully told sad story could have been conceived and written only by Ian McEwan. --Valerie Ryan

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