On Chesil Beach is humanity with the rose tinted glasses removed,an epically written, descriptively haunting, erudite revelation of everyone's faults and virtues and all the errors that make us human.
July, 1962 - lives are changed and dreams are broken when Edward and Florence, two young virgins desperately in love greet their wedding day. But when the moment of wild sensuous abandonment and true freedom is finally at hand, calamity strikes rocking both their worlds irrevocably. While Edward is torn between an intense desire for sexual rapture and a certain nervousness with his new, timid bride, Florence is secretly repelled, desperately hiding her visceral abhorrence for this act of consummation. But, the truth will out and, in this innocent setting of the early 1960s along the stormy Dorset Coast, two people must face their innermost demons, recognizing the continual undercurrent of societal repression, disastrous socially enforced politeness, and words spoken far too late that have shaped, and now broken, the very essence of their lives. Riddled with meaning and intensely focused on emotional turmoil, Ian McEwan delivers a visceral story that hits the reader between the eyes like an ice pick, showing just how easy it is to destroy a life and how irreparable the damage of one stray word, one mistake, one moment of timidity and fear can be.