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In itself, the accident would change the survivors' lives, filling them with an uneasy combination of shame, happiness, and endless self-reproach. (In one of the novel's many ironies, the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed.) But fate has far more unpleasant things in store for Joe. Meeting the eye of fellow rescuer Jed Parry, for example, turns out to be a very bad move. For Jed is instantly obsessed, making the first of many calls to Joe and Clarissa's London flat that very night. Soon he's openly shadowing Joe and writing him endless letters. (One insane epistle begins, "I feel happiness running through me like an electrical current. I close my eyes and see you as you were last night in the rain, across the road from me, with the unspoken love between us as strong as steel cable.") Worst of all, Jed's version of love comes to seem a distortion of Joe's feelings for Clarissa.
Apart from the incessant stalking, it is the conditionals--the contingencies--that most frustrate Joe, a scientific journalist. If only he and Clarissa had gone straight home from the airport... If only the wind hadn't picked up... If only he had saved Jed's 29 messages in a single day... Ian McEwan has long been a poet of the arbitrary nightmare, his characters ineluctably swept up in others' fantasies, skidding into deepening violence, and--worst of all--becoming strangers to those who love them. Even his prose itself is a masterful and methodical exercise in defamiliarization. But Enduring Love and its underrated predecessor, Black Dogs, are also meditations on knowledge and perception as well as brilliant manipulations of our own expectations. By the novel's end, you will be surprisingly unafraid of hot-air balloons, but you won't be too keen on looking a stranger in the eye. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An interesting, and believable story - a bit amazing. Towards the end it was a wee bit confusing - I wondered if one person had set out initially to kill another????? Read morePublished 1 month ago by roulette
Gradually working my way through the McEwan canon, and this ranks up there with his best.
Beautifully written, compelling narrative.
McEwan has his own characteristic style, which I like very much. This includes detailed descriptions of human nature, various references to scientific subjects including Physics,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David
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In several of his novels, including "A Child In Time" and "Black Dogs", Ian McEwan finds inspiration in the notion that a single event in an otherwise normal life... Read morePublished 6 months ago by PuroShaggy
I actually read this book quite a few years ago and have forgotten most of the premise- so you can take this review with a grain of salt if you will. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wildcrafted
Ian McEwan writes so beautifully that even if the plot was rubbish (which it is not), it is still un-put-downable.Published 8 months ago by Danielle