Old-fashioned at first glance, timeless at heart,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: On Chesil Beach (Taschenbuch)
It is a common misconception that as a reader you have to like and feel close to the protagonists -that you have to be able to indentify with them - in order to appreciate the book.
Well, the topic of On Chesile Beach (virgin honeymooners dreading their wedding night) won 't evoke memories of personal experience in most readers minds nowadays and personally I neither particularly liked dainty Florence with her violin and her alice band nor did I buy into Edwards enormous self-control and patience with her.
Still, the way Florence and Edward treat each other and behave in the crucial night is an excellent example of the devastating effects that can arise when people fail to speak their minds and go for procrastination instead. I especially liked the idea of following their individual lifes up to the wedding night and then - although the main storyline has seemingly come to an end - sticking with them further and spying on their further lifes. This is when Edward muses: Love and patience--if only he had them both at once--would surely have seen them both through.
This book is no cliffhanger but I could not stop reading and dreading for Flo and Edward and even feeling a little sorry for their helplessness in the face of their self-induced doom. After all, everybody sometimes fail to speak our minds, don 't we?