An excellent book. Very poetic imagery throughout. Brilliant portraits in words of all the main characters. I could understand both points of view of Edward and Forence and the reason why their marriage got off to such a rocky start.
If the lovers had stayed together and worked on their relationship they could have been happy together. Right at the end of the book(on Chesil Beach)Florence waited for Edward to back down from his pomposity and inflated male ego, but Edward missed the opportunity and so they parted. Terribly sad but credible.
I have visited Dorset and know the famous Chesil Beach. To me it is a very eerie place - full of mystery and forboding.