During my weekend getaway I bought several books at Half Priced Books. Most of them were duds in my opinion. But I read this book
in one sitting, from cover to cover in about 3 hours or so. I could not put it down. So I thought I’d write a little about it. This author also wrote Atonement, which was made into a movie. I can’t really see this book working as a movie.
On Chesil Beach is pretty much about things left unsaid and the consequences of not telling others how we feel. It is also about unmet expectations. But that message is all wrapped up in a story of newlyweds encountering each other for the first time on their wedding night. What should have been a sweet first encounter turned into something else entirely. If reading or talking about sex makes you uncomfortable, this might not be the best book for you but then again, it might. The author chose to get almost the juicy parts and then takes you back to when the couple first met. It’s like this tug of war between the mundane and the…um…not so mundane. I have to admit that I kind of glossed over some of the stuff that didn’t seem all that “important”. The tension while reading this book really helps you understand the tension the characters must be feeling. If you choose to read it, tough out the seemingly “boring” parts. I plan on reading it again and paying more attention to the smaller details.
This is a beautiful story of love that should have been. Reading this book will really make you think about how vital it is to share yourself wholly with those that you love, especially your spouse.