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In 1962, Florence and Edward celebrate their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties weighs over them. And unbeknownst to both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in On Chesil Beach a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
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In 1962, Florence and Edward celebrate their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties weighs over them. And unbeknownst to both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in On Chesil Beach a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
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Published: July 15, 2012
Publisher: Random House Digital
Imprint: Random House Digital
ISBN: 9780739343722
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  • They were young, uneducated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible. But it is never...

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  • Ils étaient jeunes, instruits, tous les deux vierges avant leur nuit de noces, et ils vivaient en des temps ou parler de ses problèmes sexuels était manifestement impossible.

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  • Britain, England, was a minor power - saying this gave a certain blasphemous pleasure. Downstairs, of course, they took a different view. Anyone over forty would have fought, or...

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  • It pained him tremendously that their wedding night was not simple, when their love was so obvious.

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  • This is how the entire course of a lifetime can be changed--by doing nothing. On Chesil Beach he could have called out to Florence, he could have gone after her. He did not know, or...

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  • Au lieu de quoi il était resté là, glacial et muet, sur de son bon droit, dans ce crépuscule estival, à la regarder fuir le long de la grève tandis que le bruit de sa course laborieuse se...

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