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Description - Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099276586
ISBN-10: 0099276585
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Enduring Love by Ian McEwan - Reviewed by (06 Dec 2011)

Enduring Love is the 7th novel by Ian McEwan. The novel tells of the aftermath of a ballooning accident. Joe Rose and his partner Clarissa are on a picnic in a meadow when an unpiloted hot-air balloon with a small child on board drifts their way. Several men run to assist, and one of them dies. Joe encounters Jed Parry, who fixates on him and is convinced that they love each other and Jed is destined to bring Joe to God. This is an interesting novel which questions what legally constitutes harassment and stalking, and illustrates how obsessive love can be just as frightening as obsessive hate. I found McEwan’s Atonement irritating and annoying, so I picked this book up to give him a second chance, and I am not sorry I did. I enjoyed this much more than Atonement, although I did find some parts tedious or irrelevant e.g the procuring of the gun. I would suggest to readers who routinely ignore appendices that they read both in this case as they are an integral part of the novel.

Author Biography - Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and twelve previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, Solar.

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