Regional settings: Chesil Beach

I recently posted about the rich literary tradition of the South West, in terms of writers from and inspired by the region.

Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach was inspired by the Dorset coastline. I like to think about that breathtaking 17-mile stretch of beach and the fact that it brought about such a beautiful, heartbreaking story. Time for a soothing stroll on those pebbles very soon, I think. And a reread of the book to feel its intensity again, in that shorter form.

I was pondering the novella factor, and I think my interest partially stems from my DH Lawrence days at school; studies of The Fox spring to mind. For an interesting insight into the novella as a form, take a look at this post by Ian McEwan on the New Yorker website, entitled Some Notes on the Novella.

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