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April 20, 2007

On Chesil Beach — by Ian McEwan


Published in the UK last month but not to be released in the U.S. until June 5, 2007.

    The final half of the final paragraph:

    This is how the entire course of a life 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 would not have cared to know, that as she ran away from him, certain in her distress that she was about to lose him, she had never loved him more, or more hopelessly, and that the sound of his voice would have been a deliverance, and she would have turned back. Instead, he stood in cold and righteous silence in the summer's dusk, watching her hurry along the shore, the sound of her difficult progress lost to the breaking of small waves, until she was a blurred, receding point against the immense straight road of shingle gleaming in the pallid light.

Why wait for June?

Order it from Amazon UK like I did and you'll be in reading heaven in a couple days as opposed to months.

Which do you prefer: the British jacket (top) or the U.S. version (below)?


I think you know me well enough that I don't have to tell you which I favor.

April 20, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Thanx for this. Yeah, ya know after I finished his book, SATURDAY, a couple weeks ago, I almost took out my favorite fountain pen and ground it with my heel. I just thought, man, where have i been not to have known more about this guy AND I just might have to wait another lifetime to get this good at writing. Of course I recovered, but you get my drift.
Anyhow, i appreciate the heads up and Amazon UK it is----even if the cover's blank.

Posted by: David Gray | Apr 20, 2007 5:30:56 PM

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