Enduring Love

Enduring Love

Book - 1997
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On a windy spring day in the Chilterns, the calm, organized life of science writer Joe Rose is shattered when he witnesses a tragic accident: a hot-air balloon with a boy trapped in its basket is being tossed by the wind, and in the attempt to save the child, a man is killed. A stranger named Jed Parry joins Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety. But unknown to Rose, something passes between Parry and himself on that day--something that gives birth to an obsession in Parry so powerful that it will test the limits of Rose's beloved rationalism, threaten the love of his wife, Clarissa, and drive him to the brink of murder and madness. Brilliant and compassionate, this is a novel of love, faith, and suspense, and of how life can change in an instant. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1997
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9780676970876
Branch Call Number: FIC McEwa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 247 p


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Dec 05, 2014

English novel about a man and woman enjoying a picnic when they see a hot-air balloon having trouble and he decides to help, only a tragedy ensues. While at the scene he locks eyes with another man and that other man becomes obsessed with him. Very well written, but it gives a sort of an psychoanalysis or explanation of a sort of mental condition.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

After a freak ballooning accident, historian Joe finds his marriage, work, sanity and life threatened by another's obsessive love for him. The underlying currents of fear and menace make for a compelling read from one of Britain's finest authors.

Jan 21, 2013

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LMOH Jul 18, 2012

An excellent read! I couldn't put it down. Ian McEwan has a pithy way of writing, and the plot was rivetting! Apparently it's been made into a movie.

ksoles May 19, 2011

Enduring Love was my fifth Ian McEwan novel and it definitely reaffirmed the author's status as one of my favourite fiction writers. McEwan invents an engaging plot, in which a man's life changes irrevocably after he witnesses a ballooning accident, but it is the psychological and philosophical questions McEwan raises that make the book so memorable: to what extent is God a product of our evolutionary history? Is belief in a higher power based in reality or rather in a desire to fend off feelings of loneliness? What defines "insanity?" Which is easier: trusting yourself or trusting a loved one? Which is more reliable?
The subjectivity of revelation and interpretation becomes one of the novel's main themes; one person's insight equals another's madness. McEwan weaves sanity and insanity so tightly together that, at times, the reader can't tell them apart. The book also turns on the pivot of coincidence, the bizarre quirks of fate that both plague and delight human life. The story constantly asks, "what if...?", which is precisely what makes it such a haunting read.

Dec 21, 2008

The most riveting, stunning, compelling tour de force of an opening scene in a book - absolutely bar none, and utterly more stunning than anything that could be rendered cinematically, because it is rendered in horrifying detail in the reader's mind. Amazing!

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