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On Chesil Beach: Ian McEwan

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From 1961 to 1981, they lived in Germany, watching television each night without understanding a word.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – review | Books | The Guardian

Edward, meanwhile, dreams fervently, silently, of the uninterrupted pleasure that will be theirs now the 'wrangle over the ring' has been sorted.

A] big, detailed, sweep of history: starting in the aftermath of World War Two and ending in lockdown. In the final draft, it’s there as a shadowy fact for readers to make of it what they will,” he’s said. On a recent hike through the woods surrounding his new country house—a renovated seventeenth-century brick-and-flint cottage, in Buckinghamshire—he regularly punctuated his observations about Homo sapiens with the citation of a peer-reviewed experiment. He had come to watch a dress rehearsal of “For You,” an opera by the British composer Michael Berkeley, for which McEwan had written his first libretto. At the end of the eighties, we had very intense conversations around the issue of geology and evolutionary theory, so I think there was clearly a change occurring,” Dolan said.

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On a drizzly afternoon in October, McEwan went to Covent Garden and found his way to a basement theatre. In 2011, the film went back in to pre-production, this time with Mike Newell directing and Sam Mendes producing through his Neal Street Productions banner with StudioCanal and BBC Films. His father, David, a career Army officer, worked long hours, and McEwan was often alone with his mother, Rose, a housewife. In the winter of 2007, after McEwan completed publicity rounds for the novella “On Chesil Beach” and the film of “Atonement,” he and his wife, Annalena McAfee, a former editor at the Guardian, travelled for three months; they trekked the Himalayas, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and the coast of Tasmania. McEwan has papery skin that reddens at the slightest solar provocation, and when the sun suddenly glared forth he trotted back to the cottage to retrieve a wide-brimmed hat.

Afterward, she could not offer her sister an explanation for her act; “I just had to,” she repeated. In a 1992 interview, McEwan said, “I’ve always had a great love of science, and yet I’ve never been convinced that rational explanations are enough. Florence and Edward are relieved that the wedding was not marred by any hint of her parents patronising his, but the English in McEwan's novels do not escape class so easily. For the past two hours he’s been in a dream of absorption that has dissolved all sense of time, and all awareness of the other parts of his life. Anya Jaremko-Greenwold of Flood Magazine wrote that "while men might fail to recognize how intimidating the expectation of sex can be for women, it’s something McEwan’s novel (and the film, for which he wrote the screenplay) hinges upon with exquisite delicacy.

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The French police found Greg bicycling with his mother along a road in Saint-Brieuc, thirty-five miles from Allen’s house. On the first of several visits to Fitzroy Square, McEwan greeted me at the door in a state of genial distraction. McEwan told Corriere della Sera that Amis’s target had been radicals, not all Muslims, and said, “I myself despise Islamism, because it wants to create a society that I detest, based on religious belief, on a text, on lack of freedom for women, intolerance towards homosexuality and so on. And so the conversational hum of the two hundred and thirty guests arriving for McEwan’s sixtieth-birthday party was accompanied by a bestial din. Edward follows and the couple argue, with Florence making it clear that she will never agree to have sex.The novel has felicities which ensure, rather than embellish, the humanity of its treatment of the lovers' predicament. Earlier that day, McEwan had said, “When you wake in the morning, you enter that preëxistent state where you’re just pure self. From the Suez Crisis to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall to the current pandemic and climate change, Roland sometimes rides with the tide of history, but more often struggles against it. In “The Child in Time,” from 1987, a man’s little girl is kidnapped at the supermarket, and his rising panic is charted with the merciless precision of a cardiogram.

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