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Enduring Love (Paperback)

Author:  Ian McEwan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385494149
ISBN-13: 9780385494144
Sku: 30425000
Publish Date: 1/1/1999
Pages:  272
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One of the most acclaimed contemporary English novelists follows a science writer into a crisis that eventually threatens his life, the consequence of a life-saving act that involves him with a desperate stranger. Reprint. *Author: McEwan, Ian *Publication Date: 1999/01/01 *Number of Pages: 272 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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The bestselling author of "The Innocent" spins a tale of life intruded upon. After attempting to rescue a child from a runaway hot-air balloon, Joe Rose finds himself part of a living nightmare of suspicion and obsession.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 Rose, something passes between Parry and himself on that day--something that gives birth to an obsession in Parry so powerful that it will test the limits of Rose's beloved rationalism, threaten the love of his wife, Clarissa, and drive him to the brink of murder and madness. Brilliant and compassionate, this is a novel of love, faith, and suspense, and of how life can change in an instant.Joe and Clarissa Rose's spring idyll in the park is cut short when Joe helps rescue a child from a balloon accident, one man is killed, and Joe becomes the target of suspicion and ultimately an assassination attempt
In the aftermath of a tragedy, a young man named Jed Parry falls in love with Joe Rose, a science writer with a girlfriend he adores, and against all evidence insists that Joe loves him in return. Parry's obsession--a behavior pattern invented by McEwan, and called De Cl?rambault's Syndrome--becomes increasingly intense, culminating in what seems to be a murder attempt. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
Author Bio
Ian McEwan
Ian Russell McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, a military town in southern England. He had two much older half-siblings and considered himself an only child. An "army brat," he spent his childhood in Singapore and North Africa where his father was stationed, but returned to England to go to boarding school and the University of Sussex. He got an M.A. at the University of East Anglia, where in his creative writing courses Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson encouraged him to be a writer. His first marriage ended in 1995 (and his wife, Penny Allen, made McEwan notorious when, after she kidnapped one of their two sons and fled to France, their custody dispute--which McEwan won--became public). He married journalist Annalena McAfee in 1997. One of McEwan's favorite writers was Kafka; he also counts Evelyn Waugh as an influence, and the biologist E. O. Wilson. McEwan is celebrated for his macabre, grotesque, and occasionally kinky fiction. His novel AMSTERDAM won the Booker Prize in 1998, and several of his works have been made into films.


London Review of Books
"What's striking about McEwan's later work--I'm thinking particularly of 'The Innocent,' 'Black Dogs,' and his new novel 'Enduring Love'--is its intimacy with evasion and failure, combined with an alert intelligence about these things which itself looks like grounds for hope." - Michael Wood 09/04/1997

Literary Review
"As well as its excellent story, 'Enduring Love' is a worthwhile attempt to view the irrational through the lens of the rational. But it is weighed down by a surfeit of scientific information. As a result, I would now like to use these pages to call for an immediate, worldwide moratorium on novelists reading works of science." - Cressida Connolly September 1997

Kirkus Reviews
"A sad, chilling, precise exploration of deranged love....In lesser hands, the story might be overwrought and unbelievable, but McEwan's terse, lucid prose and sure grasp of character give resonance to this superb anatomy of obsession and exploration of the mind under extreme circumstance. Painful and powerful work by one of England's best novelists." 11/15/1997

New York Times Book Review
"[V]ibrant and unsettling....Though it is a tour de force, McEwan's feat of creation and interpretation is finally less memorable in any of its specifics than is the mystery of Jed Parry and his syndrome....The deeper implications of McEwan's novel begin to reach us just when we want to believe that all erratic forms of behavior have been tagged and dealt with." - Sven Birkerts 01/25/1998

New York Times
"How the story plays itself out is too exciting to be spoiled by revealing what happens. Not only suspenseful, it is also thematically rich..." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt 01/15/1998

"'Enduring Love' gracefully bridges genres; it's a psychological thriller, a meditation on the narrative impulse, a novel of ideas. McEwan's prose is deft, unself-conscious and a joy to read. Here's a book that kept me up all night, mesmerized and entertained. So why am I ingrate enough to complain?...It's because 'Enduring Love' sometimes soars to such heights that I'm disappointed it didn't, in the end, reach greatness." - Elizabeth Judd 02/20/1998

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