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Joe Rose has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover's return after six weeks in the States. To complete the picture, there's even a "helium balloon drifting dreamily across the wooded valley." But as Joe and Clarissa watch the balloon touch down, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope ...more
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published 1998 by Diogenes (first published September 1997)
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Apr 08, 2007 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In ____ (place/time), _______________ (name of character) does __________ (action) so that __________ (goal), but _________ (conflict!). This book is _______ (adjective), ______ (adjective), and made this reader _____ (verb).
Jan 07, 2010 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I liked much of Choupette's review this morning, I disagreed with her conclusions... so, although I'm clearly in the minority here, let me present my take. Choupette starts off by observing
really what the book is about is the conflict between a way of thinking based on logical scientific reasoning and one based on emotions. Literature, versus science: "Do the scientific illiterates who run the National Library really believe that literature is mankind's greatest achievement?" (or som
Ian McEwan's novels tend to revolve around a single event, a single moment, or day. This day will change the character's life and everyone around them. It shows the past and the future spiraling around this one narrative point in the story. He's at his best in this format, and that definitely shows in Enduring Love.

It is essentially a case study of a man suffering from extreme, disturbing delusions and a fierce obsession, and the man who struggles to deal with being the object of that obsession
Enduring Love is either a brilliant camp comedy or one of the worst attempts at serious fiction ever.

Joe and his wife Clarissa are having a picnic when they spot a falling baloon. A man tries desperately to pin the balloon to the ground to save his son who's inside, traumatized.; Joe and a group of men who happened to be at the place run to help. The experiment goes bad; the man rolls to the ground while Joe and other men let go of the balloon. The balloon goes up into the air with one of the st
Jul 14, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it years ago!!!
A tragic accident.....
love, guilt, moral dilemma..............
Thought-provoking prose........
A terrific writer. One of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 20, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are fans of unusual literary deaths
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Before I read (and amused myself by being overly critical about) Saturday by Ian McEwan, I'd also read The Cement Garden, Atonement, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time and On Chesil Beach.
Here are some Ian McEwan statistics based on my own reading habits:

He's written 19 books so far and I've read seven of them which is representative of 36.84% of his total output (I've not included plays or short stories, just novels).

Of these seven books, I have enjoyed four -The Cement Garden, The Co
Rebecca Foster
Feb 11, 2017 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to consider this as a precursor to Saturday: both have a scientist as the protagonist and get progressively darker through a slightly contrived stalker plot. Enduring Love opens, famously, with a ballooning accident that leaves its witnesses questioning whether they couldn’t have done more to prevent it. Freelance science journalist Joe Rose – on a picnic with his partner, Keats scholar Clarissa, at the time – was one of those who rushed to help, as was Jed Parry, a young Christian z ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to describe the deeply intimate & personal with psychopathology … this is precisely what made ‘Saturday’ the worst book ever contrived. (Emphasis on CONTRIVED.) Now, this dish is not devoid of that ingredient--it is again about a member of the upper class (DON’T EVER FORGET IT, dear reader!) crashing head-on with a creep-o misfit, a defective misanthrope who has this eerie pathological condition stalking the incredibly intelligent and quick-witted protagonist for pages… a neo noir, a- ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, I hate giving such a low rating to a book by McEwan because he writes such beautiful prose, but the plot was such a letdown I also cannot justify giving it a higher one.

McEwan's writing is beautiful, there is no doubt about that. I’d read Atonement, and it was as good as the movie made the story out to be. This book also explores some interesting ideas about love, trust, faith and reason. However, as interesting as the plot's premise is...dear God, what a disappointment at the end.

I cannot
Sep 28, 2015 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: menace
Another brilliantly-written work that springs from a single defining event. McEwan does that a lot, this time it’s a ballooning tragedy, but the real purpose of it is to allow McEwan to explore his characters. Joe had been picnicking with his partner Clarissa when they see a man attempting to hold a balloon down to free a child trapped inside. Joe and five others run to help but through an unfortunate set of actions, one falls to his death. Thus two men meet: Jed is a lonely religious fundamenta ...more
Aug 15, 2008 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Dad
Shelves: own-or-access, 2011
I've gone off Ian McEwan lately, for reasons I'm not particularly proud of. In short, I've started hanging with a 'better' (or, for political correctness, 'different') literary crowd, and now McEwan seems to me to be the province of the armchair literati, the people who like to read the Booker Prize winners, the people who are content to read pretty, sophisticated prose that looks nice but means nothing. Yes, I did that too, for a while, but the difference was that I was sixteen at the time, and ...more
I don't know about this book.

On one hand, when all is said and done the narrative feels simply like an intricately-written case study, though occasionally punctuated with inconsistently glorious descriptions, for an odd psychological disorder that even with all of Ian McEwan's brilliance is still only mildly interesting.

On the other hand, it's McEwan's wonderful writing combined with a first-person perspective, which gives us the rare treat of a character reflecting introspectively using all of
Enduring Love is Ian McEwan’s novel about two men, brought together initially by their involvement in a freak accident involving a hot air balloon. In the aftermath of this incident, our protagonist (Joe) finds himself in the awkward position (he’s an atheist) of being asked to pray with the man who ultimately ends up being the antagonist. He politely declines but the religious chap won’t take no for an answer and becomes deeply obsessed with Joe, proclaiming he loves him and that he knows Joe l ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best, fiction
on fighting...
Joe has another kind of problem. His emotions are slow to shift to anger in the first place, and even when they have, he has the wrong kind of intelligence, he forgets his lines and cannot score the points. Nor can he break the habit of responding to an accusation with a detailed, reasoned answer, instead of coming back with an accusation of his own. He is easily outmanoeuvred by a sudden irrelevance. Irritation blocks his understanding of his own case, and it is only later, when
Julian Lees
Nov 08, 2015 Julian Lees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A class act.
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 23, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sonia
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Attention getting fast-paced first 3 chapters. Then the story gets a bit boring in the middle as the narration kept going on circles. I could not get the connection between the love of the couple for each other and the love that the crazy guy has for the male protagonist. However, the last 2 chapters including the 2 appendices really brilliant! It's my first time to read Ian McEwan and I am looking forward to read more of his works. I will be buying Atonement next month!
Nov 29, 2007 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ferdinand de saussure (de so sure)
Recommended to Mariel by: Webster's dictionary
Ian McEwan's Enduring Love and Saturday have some similar ideas. Culpability, survivor's guilt, do we ever really know anybody?, haves versus the have-nots from not only position of material things and social stats, but uneven mental playing fields. Hell, they have similar stories. In Enduring Love, an idyllic afternoon is ruined after a freak hot air balloon accident. Only one man really attempts to save the kid. Joe cannot go back to living with blinders on about himself. Sure, the guy was a B ...more
May 29, 2013 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to James by: Lou Robinson
The third book in the Louise's picks arrangement – (view spoiler). Again, she's chosen to introduce me to an author that I've not read before: Ian McEwan. I knew almost nothing about this novel before starting it, except that I'd seen about 10 minutes of the film (starring Daniel Craig) so I knew it featured a balloon, a stalker and a homosexual obsession – non ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On an idyllic spring afternoon, Joe Rose and his wife were enjoying a picnic, when their lovely day was forever changed. A hot air baloon, which had made a dramatic appearance into their scene, went out of control. Many people rushed to assist, but one man perished in their uncalculated attempts at rescue. Jed Parry, another of the would-be rescuers approached Joe, an atheist, and invited him to pray with him. This confrontation is merely the beginning of the turmoil that Parry created in the we ...more
Apr 10, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, disturbing change to think of love as something sinister.

I meant to just reach over on my bookpile next to my bed, snatch Enduring Love and read it for an hour or so before I got dressed and walked to school. I wound up hardly moving for the rest of the day and certainly not getting out of my pajamas because I just couldn’t put this down. An example: even the title made me think. I picked it up thinking that the word “enduring” was meant as an adjective to describe the kind of
Enduring Love has a simple but fascinating premise, which I was at least halfway familiar with before beginning the book (I think there's been a film version, which I haven't actually seen, but remember reading about whenever it came out). Joe Rose, a scientific journalist, is about to enjoy a reunion picnic with his girlfriend Clarissa when he witnesses an accident involving a hot-air balloon; he and a small group of strangers rush to help, but the incident results in a man's death. During thes ...more
I liked Atonement and On Chesil Beach much more to be honest.

After reading Atonement last year I bought a ton of books by McEwan. Really, I ended up buying everything that remotely appealed to me, some books I'm pretty sure I'm going to like, some I bought on a whim. Anyway, that's how I ended up having all these books on my TBR:

Sweet Tooth
The Children Act
On Chesil Beach (read a week ago, really good.)
Enduring Love (first disappointing book by him.)

Sadly Enduring Love didn't work for me
Rachel McNab
Aug 04, 2012 Rachel McNab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
de Clerambault's syndrome (also known as erotomania) is when the affected believes that another person, usually a stranger, high-status or famous person, is in love with them. Enduring Love tells the story of a man (Joe) who becomes the victim of a de Clerambault's sufferer (Jed), we witness Jed's building obsession, the breakdown of Joe's and Clarissa's (his partner) relationship and most importantly, how mental illness can be just as devastating to the people surrounding the victim as the vict ...more
Soumen Daschoudhury
Jul 07, 2015 Soumen Daschoudhury rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2015-reads
Somehow I feel Ian McEwan is not the author for me, though I have a list of his books on my shelf. The closest I got to liking one of his books was 'Atonement'. And did I mention, the female characters, protagonists in his books just don't cease to irritate me or would it be too harsh to say that I hate them?

Based on a case study of a mental disorder called 'de clerambault's syndrome' or 'erotomania' which is characterized by a strong urge of possession of a man/woman whom he/she considers to be
Mar 04, 2009 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
This reminds me of the Audrey Tautou film about how things are never as they appear...I think it was called "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". One's perception of an event can transform the lives of another being. Tragedies either make or break familial bonds of love, and in the end you find out what foundation your relationship was built on.

We all hope that ours would be an "enduring love" that like Shakespeare said, "looks on tempests and is not shaken."
Question remains, is the tragedy a blessin
The air of menace that floats over this story seems to me to be out of proportion to the rather insignificant events which unfold. That so much fine writing serves such an unsatisfactory story puzzles me. I sometimes wonder if I don't live in a totally different universe to McEuan...
Kathleen Dixon
Jun 23, 2008 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: Reading Seals
One of my friends (I don’t remember who at the moment) told me she really likes Ian McEwan because each of his novels is so different. Well, she also meant that she has really enjoyed each of his novels that she has read. After all, you could have an author who writes each novel in a different style and with a quite different theme and manner of working through it, but still dislike his/her novels. This being my first novel by him, I can’t make comment, but next one I read I will be watchful for ...more
This was a strange beast. The novel deals with many topics, but its story is triggered by one extraordinary and almost unlikely event (yet interesting in its very convoluted construction): a helium balloon accident in which a small group of strangers try to rescue a boy, ending in a death and a subsequent ‘love’ obsession between two of the strangers, one of them being the narrator, Joe Rose.

What follows is the story of the obsession, its effect on Joe’s relationship with his long-time girlfrie
Aug 18, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not the world's biggest fan of Ian McEwan, thus far. I didn't particularly enjoy Saturday, and I didn't get into Atonement the first time I picked it up, and so he has to work against quite a bit of scepticism from me.

Still, there is something compelling about his writing, and more so when he's not writing two pages all about the modern improvements in kettle technology, as he memorably did in Saturday. His narrators strike me as a bit pompous and over-talkative, but it usually works with th
Christine Bonheure
Een oudere Ian McEwan en een slechte. Afgaand op de achterflap zou het een mysterieus en spannend boek moeten zijn, over een obsessief verliefde stalker, mét godswanen. Helaas. Saai, vervelend, dor, onaantrekkelijk geschreven. Op een bepaald moment, en nu verklap ik een van de hoofddetails, stuurt de stalker huurmoordenaars af op de geliefde omdat hij zijn gevoelens niet beantwoordt. De geliefde zit lekker te eten in een restaurant. Huurmoordenaars vergissen zich en vermoorden de man aan de tafe ...more
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Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last
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