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Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
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Feb 23, 2011

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This book was interesting but I don't think I liked it as much as some people. The story is beautifully written in poetic prose and first person narration. The story focuses on Joe Rose and his long time girlfriend Clarissa who are out enjoying the day on a picnic. They witness an older gentleman and a young boy in trouble in a hot air balloon. Joe and some other passersby run off to help but it ends in tragedy as one of the helpers dies. Here Joe also meets Jed, another helper who turns out to be a religious fanatic and develops a fascination with Joe and believes himself "in love" with him. Joe and Clarissa's love is tested and will it endure??? That is the question throughout as Joe goes through his torment.

I actually liked the second half of the book much better then the first. Although it was beautifully written I did find it dry and too descriptive for my tastes. The story was interesting though and had a bit of a twist at the end although I found it a bit unresolved.

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