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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Dec 09, 07

Read in December, 2007

A weekend read. As with many McEwan novels, I love his beginnings but his ends are problematic. The ends usually fall flat or sound disingenious as if he can't quite match his own brilliance and, baffled, reaches for the trite, the hurried tying of strings, the preposterous gesture. Less of a fault here but still, I was disappointed by how conveniently it just peeters out. I'm not craving "resolution" but surprise me, why don't you? His characters, too, are mind-blowingly stuck in their gender roles. Is he employing the gender cliche from by-gone eras (as in Atonement, or in Black Dogs, or here On Chesil Beach) as a crucial part of the story, or are the gender cliches working him?

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