On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan


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The year is 1962. Florence, the daughter of a successful businessman and an aloof Oxford academic, is a talented violinist. She dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, the earnest young history student she met by chance and who unexpectedly wooed her and won her heart. Edward grew up in the country on the outskirts of Oxford where his father, the headmaster of the local school, struggled to keep the household together and his mother, brain-damaged from an accident, drifted in a world of her own. Edward’s native intelligence, coupled with a longing to experience the excitement and intellectual fervour of the city, had taken him to University College in London. Falling in love with the accomplished, shy and sensitive Florence – and having his affections returned with equal intensity – has utterly changed his life.



Their marriage, they believe, will bring them happiness, the confidence and the freedom to fulfill their true destinies. The glowing promise of the future, however, cannot totally mask their worries about the wedding night. Edward, who has had little experience with women, frets about his sexual prowess. Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by conflicting emotions and a fear of the moment she will surrender herself.



From the precise and intimate depiction of two young lovers eager to rise above the hurts and confusion of the past, to the touching story of how their unexpressed misunderstandings and fears shape the rest of their lives, On Chesil Beach is an extraordinary novel that brilliantly, movingly shows us how the entire course of a life can be changed – by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.


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on 4/11/09


McEwan é mestre em expor a fragilidade humana. Ele trata de seus personagens com absoluta compaixão, de modo a nos lembrar que a todo momento estamos sujeitos a ferir e sermos feridos por aqueles que mais amamos. Mesmo assim, ele parece apontar para a existência de um antídoto contra o problema: procurar compreender o outro e aceitá-lo como é. Pode parecer que estou falando de auto-ajuda barata, mas McEwan o faz de uma maneira muito mais sofisticada, tocante e convincente. ... leia mais

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