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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Apr 18, 2009

liked it
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so sad and realistic

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Diane Karen, didn't you want to shake these two characters, though? I certainly did. I wanted one of them to make the first move when they were standing on the beach, but they were both SO stubborn!

message 2: by KJP (last edited Apr 22, 2009 12:31PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

KJP Yes- I did. I dont think I ever would have picked this book up to read normally- but it was very well written and unfortuneately, I think situations like this happen often- people react how they think they are supposed to and not with what they want to say... plus both the characters were damaged- she was sexually abused by her father and he was raised in a "nuthouse" --its so sad that what was not said, ruined their marriage.

Diane Did you get the feeling that this story took place further back in time than it actually did? If there hadn't been references to things from the 60s, I would have thought the time period was in the early 1900s or late 1800s.

message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy he is a great author, haven't read this book yet, but im currently reading "atonment"

i also had trouble placing when it was... if WWI hadn't started in it i would be totally lost...

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