Monday, 2 April 2007

Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach (Review)

I’ve been a fan of Ian McEwan since The Cement Garden. Since then, he has been getting better and better, each new book a major event. His latest novel is about the same length as his first, not much more than a novella, but it really is a little gem. Over the years McEwan has matured into a truly great writer, technically brilliant as always but with a growing sense of affection for his characters. In On Chesil Beach he condenses two lives into a single evening – a single episode, almost. So much happens in that episode – each of the characters being transformed by it, growing up, becoming different people. McEwan has captured the essence of what it is that makes us what we are and set it out on the page. It’s heartrending in places. I finished the book in a few hours and I wished there had been more. Brilliant!

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