Enduring Love

Enduring Love

A Novel

Large Print - 1998
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Science writer Joe Rose is spending a day in the country with his long-time lover, Clarissa, when he witnesses a tragic accident--a balloon with a boy trapped in it is being tossed by the wind, and, in an attempt to save the child, a man is killed. As though that isn't disturbing enough, a man named Jed Parry, who has joined Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety, believes that something has passed between him and Rose--something that sparks in Parry a deranged, obsessive kind of love. Soon Parry is stalking Rose, who turns to science to try to understand the situation. Parry apparently suffers from a condition known to psychiatrists as de Clerambault Syndrome, in which the afflicted individual obsessively pursues the object of his desire until the frustrated love turns to hate and rage--transforming one of life's most valued experiences into pathological horror. As Rose grows more paranoid and terrified, as his treasured relationship with Clarissa breaks under the tension of his fear, Rose realizes that he needs to find something beyond the cold reasoning of science if this love is to be endured. With the cool brilliance and deep compassion that defined his best novels (The Comfort of Strangers, The Innocent), Ian McEwan has once again spun a tale of life intruded upon by shocks of violence-and discovered profound truths about the nature of love and the power of forgiveness.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780786214471
0786214473
Characteristics: 394 p. (large print) ; 22 cm

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wilqser
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.

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john134
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.

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vickiz
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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