‘On Chesil Beach’

I finished reading ‘On Chesil Beach’ a couple of weeks ago, on a train…and subsequently found myself contemplating the purpose of arguing with loved ones and in fact, having any regrets at all…which is a strange feeling to have whilst standing at an awkward angle, with someone inconsiderate’s umbrella dripping rain on my foot.

As mentioned in a previous blog, I literally went into Waterstones one day and picked books at random. ‘On Chesil Beach’ wasn’t actually a first choice of mine but was £4 with the purchase of the other books so, after reading ‘Saturday’ by Ian McEwan at University; I thought I’d give it a go.

I didn’t quite know what to expect from the book, but found the style of writing quite beautiful. It depicts a range of emotions and anxieties that anyone in a relationship has experienced, whilst also displaying a great deal of honesty, which is refreshing in a book about love. Too many books idolize the…*cough cough* physical act of love…especially when it is the character’s “first time” being described.

All in all, I finished the book and found myself overwhelmed with the feeling that, I do not want to lose the love of my life over something petty but similarly, I must do whatever it takes to achieve my dreams. A lot of emotion was unearthed in me by this book, and I feel that although the outcome is essentially regretful; it is definitely worth the read and not just to see the look on the man reading over my shoulder’s face on the underground, during the attempted-sex-scene…

Eat, Pray, Love

So, after three years of studying English…reading hundreds of books for consumption, I finally went into Waterstones and bought 3 random books that I actually wanted to read! Now, this is not to say that I didn’t want to read or enjoy reading any of the books from the curriculum…but when you know you have to read about 4 different books from completely different genres every week to a deadline, it does tend to take some of the fun out of reading.

Anyway, I spent ages wandering around Waterstones trying to find three random books that interested me and ended up with…

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

…and for spending over £10 I got On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (for about £4…)

At the moment, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love and already am feeling both thrilled to be reading for pleasure again, and utterly inspired! I’m only a quarter of the way through but find myself completely drawn in!

An introduction to the story, for those who haven’t read it yet…Liz is thirty-something, married and desperately unhappy. After finally making the decision to leave her husband, he makes the divorce extremely bittter and difficult for her, this perhaps being the reason for her fling with David. She soon embarks on a life and faith altering journey and although I haven’t read much further than this…already I’m engrossed. Her strength and courage, along with a variety of interesting characters makes it clear why it’s “The Number One Bestseller that everyone is talking about”.

Anywho, I will do a more detailed review when I’ve finished it! So far, I would definitely recommend it…in fact, I already have done, to my housemate!