South Manchester Book Group

If you enjoy talking about books over a quiet drink, then please join us — new members are very welcome. We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm but whilst the contagion lasts and we REMAIN INDOORS we'll become a virtual  bookgroup and meet online.

Drop us a line on the Contact Us form and we'll add you to our mailing list and send you invitations to our online meetings. We always reply, so if you don't hear from us please check your spam folder.

There's a meeting every fortnight, but you don't have to come to them all. It's dead simple; choose a book you like the sound of, read it (or even part of it) beforehand and turn up* with a few ideas and money for beer / wine / flirtinis. It's all very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and there's a shorter version of upcoming books here.

* Do not turn up — REMAIN INDOORS !

Thursday, 24 January 2008

On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan


Anonymous said...

Hi, your member from Ontario offering a view on 'On Chesil Beach':

Did anybody have the self discipline to read this book sequentially? They were just moving towards the bed at the end of chapter 1 and then chapter 2 started talking about his past. Who cared? Personally at that stage I just wanted to find out how it finished on the bed.

That was how the book was - tender, quite captivating to read (I read it in about 4 evenings) but overly simple and cruel ending that was a bit of a let down.

Clearly an author very accomplished at making a person or couple seem real but it was like the book finished too soon and became a sad parable on being infinitely tolerant and not arguing on beaches rather than a complete novel.

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew - excellent to have your thoughts from across the ocean!

We had a good discussion on the book and whilst some of us liked the play with the chronology, you weren't the only one to skip ahead!

Overall, I think most of us really liked the book, but one person definitely didn't. Personally I'm a big fan of McEwan anyway and this, I thought, was one of his best books - beautifully crafted.

Hope all is going well with you. Look forward to your thoughts on The Shipping News.