Newlyweds, Edward and Florence are captive in the strict norms of the '60s. Not being able to overcome the taboos, their marriage ends the same day it started. Who's to blame? Edward, for not understanding his wife's hesitation? Florence, because she's petrified by intimacy? Are they or is the society responsible for the lack of communication which becomes an obstacle in getting full satisfaction of each other?
Actually, I have no answer to these questions, it just seems smart to ask them ;). One thing I must confess: McEwan fooled me big time. I lived with the feeling the book would have a happy end. But hello!, this is not Hollywood!