Sunday, January 27

Book Review: On Chesil Beach

Title: On Chesil Beach

Author: Ian McEwan

Pages: 166

Summary: For Edward, falling in love with the accomplished, shy and sensitive Florence - and having his affections returned with equal intensity - has utterly change his life. Their marriage, they believe, will bring them happiness, the confidence and the freedom to fulfill their true destines. The glowing promise of the future however, cannot totally mask their worries about their wedding night.

My Rating: 3/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The writing throughout the book was good and it was pretty much the only thing about the book that made me want to continue reading. The storyline of the book and it's characters bored and frustrated me throughout the book. I felt both character where completely unlikeable people and next to impossible to like too. Even trying to get into the heads of people in general during the time period the book was set , I still found it difficult to enjoy the characters or even care about their story.

The story itself was boring - a couple on the wedding night, and their lack of being able to consummate the marriage. This entire aspect of the plot is like watching a train wreck, and was a bore to read. Evening the parts that moved back to the past, showing how they came together didn't bode well for me. It felt completely forced and I'm not sure what the author was intending to do with the story, because the entire time, the story didn't see to not be heading anywhere and there didn't seem to be any kind of resolution or ending to it either. At the end of the day, not a good book.

Would I recommend it to read: No I wouldn't.

What to read next: I enjoyed Atonement by the author, otherwise not sure what I'd recommend

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Read-a-latte Challenge

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