South Manchester Book Group

We're a friendly and open reading group, and we share a love of books and discussing them with other people. We meet 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 very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch.

We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis. Whilst the contagion lasts and we remain indoors we'll meet online, reading virtual books and drinking virtual flirtinis — vlirtinis if you will.

We've become rather popular recently so unfortunately aren't accepting new members just at the moment. But please drop us a line on the Contact Us form and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and a short version of what we’re reading next is here.

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.