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Enduring Love | [Ian McEwan]

Enduring Love

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.
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Publisher's Summary

Ian McEwan has earned international acclaim for his writing and is considered one of England's best contemporary novelists. In Enduring Love, he sets a tale of obsession and desperation spinning amidst one man's comfortable British world.

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.

Perfectly capturing the moments when a familiar world begins to shift out of balance, this first-person narrative traces Joe's growing unease and frustration. As Joe watches his marriage, his profession, and his character dissolve, Enduring Love fills with psychological tension and emotional suspense.

©1998 Ian McEwan; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    EVERETT New York, NY, United States 12-28-04
    EVERETT New York, NY, United States 12-28-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Thriller of the minds and relationships"

    I found this novel to be original and engrossing. It's about a writer makes a chance acquaintance with another man, who is psychologically disturbed. They both have witnessed a tragic balooning acident. The disturbed man falls in love with the writer after this briefest of encounters and stalks him persistently, creating tension in the writer's marriage. The author describes the writer's research into the man's clinical disturbance and makes this almost unbelievable plot seem plausible. This book has suspense, as well as an interesting cast of characters. A good read!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Everett Leiter New York, NY 12-28-04
    Everett Leiter New York, NY 12-28-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Thriller of the minds and relationships"

    I found this novel to be original and engrossing. It's about a writer makes a chance acquaintance with another man, who is psychologically disturbed. They both have witnessed a tragic balooning acident. The disturbed man falls in love with the writer after this briefest of encounters and stalks him persistently, creating tension in the writer's marriage. The author describes the writer's research into the man's clinical disturbance and makes this almost unbelievable plot seem plausible. This book has suspense, as well as an interesting cast of characters. A good read!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Columbia, SC, USA 07-31-08
    Jeannie Columbia, SC, USA 07-31-08 Member Since 2005
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    "de Clerambault's syndrome"

    This was a book I had a hard time staying with. Some technical problems and my interest in the story waned however after a 2 hour drive I was captivated. His first person narrative kept me guessing for most of the book. Is the book's view point Joe's or is he the one having the delusions. The story unfolds and the characters are introduced and the stunning revelation Jed Parry is perusing Joe with romantic notions entwined with religious undertones with the need to save Joe's soul. You feel frustration for Joe as he unsuccessfully tries to communicate the advances of his admirer to friends and family. The term de clerambault is introduced and I found I needed to Google the definition. This mental illness has also been called erotomania and was demonstrated by in the stalking behavior of John Hinkley. His attempt to shoot President Regan in order to impress Jody Foster is much like Parry's behavior. These behaviors confuse those directly involved and in this first person narrative you find at times you question Joes sanity.
    All in all I am glad I stayed with this book. The authors narrative at the end discusses this illness and real cases McEwan reviewed to weave this compelling story.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 05-31-08
    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 05-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    "in with a bang, out with a whimper"

    Enduring Love is a nicely crafted story with rich characters and beautiful passages. The narration by Steven Crossley is superb. Unfortunately, the story really doesn't deliver the goods in the end. There is suspense throughout and the tantalizing expectation of a surprise twist or two. But... the story simply fizzles out. No revelations, no ah hah! moment, nothing to remotely satisfy those raised expectations. I was very disappointed in what is supposed to be one of McEwan's best works. A friend of mine in the British literary business finds him quite overrated as a novelist, and now I understand why.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 12-29-07
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    "Really good"

    Interesting subject matter told in a good story. A hint of the mystery. Never a dull moment. I really like his style. The reader was very convincing.

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    Catherine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-30-05
    Catherine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 08-30-05
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    "One of his best."

    Intense. insightful, entertaining.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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