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Enduring Love

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  31,525 Ratings  ·  1,790 Reviews
On a windy spring day in the Chilterns, the calm, organized life of science writer Joe Rose is shattered when he witnesses a tragic accident: a hot-air balloon with a boy trapped in its basket is being tossed by the wind, and in the attempt to save the child, a man is killed. A stranger named Jed Parry joins Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety. But unknown to Ro ...more
ebook, 227 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Anchor (first published September 1997)
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Kay M I studied Enduring Love for my A-Level English Literature. Needless to say I found it boring and tedious.
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Jim Fonseca
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a mid-career novel by McEwan, 1997. It’s about erotomania, the syndrome characterized by the delusional idea, usually in a young woman, that a man whom she considers to be of higher social and/or professional standing, who may be a complete stranger, is in love with her. He sends her signs and messages that only she can interpret, keeping the delusion alive. It can occur in males too, as it does in this story, especially in men who have social disabilities; are disconnected loners with n ...more
karen
Apr 08, 2007 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).
Steven  Godin
There is a vague memory of me watching the film adaptation of Enduring Love some years ago starring a pre-007 Daniel Craig, the fact I hardly remember a thing helped not to spoil the book, which turned out to be an interesting read, but was far from being anything particularly special. The story mainly consists of two vastly different men, Joe Rose, writer, model citizen, well respected, and Jed Parry, a strange obsessive lunatic. Enduring Love starts immediately with a set-piece of high tension ...more
Manny
Jan 07, 2010 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
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Kelly
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
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Maciek
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
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Elyse
Jul 14, 2016 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fabian
Sep 15, 2011 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
Shovelmonkey1
Nov 20, 2011 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
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Rebecca Foster
Feb 11, 2017 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
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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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“When it's gone, you'll know what a gift love was. You'll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it.” 1740 likes
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