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On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Jun 10, 2008 | 224 Pages
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Praise

“Heartbreaking. . . . Breathtaking. . . . Masterly. . . . No one now writing in English surpasses or even matches McEwan’s accomplishment.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Remarkable, engaging, and gripping. . . . On Chesil Beach is not only a wonderful read but also perhaps that rarest of things: a perfect novel.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Dazzling. . . . McEwan treats [his subject] with a boundless sympathy, one that enlists the reader even as it disguises the fact that this seeming novel of manners is as fundamentally a horror novel as any [he’s] written.” —Jonathan Lethem, The New York Times Book Review

“A small, perfect, haunting work of art. . . . McEwan draws a humane, touching, sometimes comic portrait of marital misunderstanding in an era when so much less was sayable, or said.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Vintage McEwan. . . . His finely honed prose is a deep pleasure to experience.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Marvelously realized. . . .Wrenching, funny, smart, and hugely gratifying in unexpected ways. . . . On Chesil Beach is as merciful to its characters as it is merciless in its heartbreak.” —The Boston Globe

“Exquisite. . . . compressed, crisp, [and] warmly specific. . . .[A] small masterpiece.” —Entertainment Weekly, “A”

“Quietly riveting. . . . McEwan has never written more beautifully than he does in [this] melancholy and haunting new novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“A poignant meditation on love’s ebb and flow.” —Vogue

“A parable of failed empathy . . . mordant [and] melancholy.” —The Village Voice

“Completely absorbing. . . . [I]nfused with a bitter poignancy…intense and powerful . . . a masterpiece.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Awards

Man Booker Prize FINALIST 2007

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