Enduring Love

by Ian McEwan | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0307366995 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingJean-Solwing of Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on 9/18/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingJean-Solwing from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Sunday, September 18, 2022
Joe planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover's return after 6 weeks in the States. The perfect day turns to nightmare however, when they are involved in freak ballooning accident in which a boy is saved but a man is killed. In itself, the accident would change the couple and the survivors' lives, filling them with an uneasy combination of shame, happiness, and endless self-reproach. But fate has far more unpleasant things in store for Joe. Meeting the eye of fellow rescuer Jed Parry, for example, turns out to be a very bad move. For Jed is instantly obsessed, making the first of many calls to Joe and Clarissa's London flat that same night. Soon he's openly shadowing Joe and writing him endless letters. (One insane epistle begins, "I feel happiness running through me like an electrical current. I close my eyes and see you as you were last night in the rain, across the road from me, with the unspoken love between us as strong as steel cable.") Worst of all, Jed's version of love comes to seem a distortion of Joe's feelings for Clarissa.
Apart from the incessant stalking, it is the conditionals--the contingencies--that most frustrate Joe, a scientific journalist. If only he and Clarissa had gone straight home from the airport... If only the wind hadn't picked up... If only he had saved Jed's 29 messages in a single day... Ian McEwan has long been a poet of the arbitrary nightmare, his characters ineluctably swept up in others' fantasies, skidding into deepening violence, and--worst of all--becoming strangers to those who love them. Even his prose itself is a masterful and methodical exercise in de-familiarisation. But Enduring Love and its underrated predecessor, Black Dogs, are also meditations on knowledge and perception as well as brilliant manipulations of our own expectations. By the novel's end, you will be surprisingly unafraid of hot-air balloons, but you won't be too keen on looking a stranger in the eye. --Alex Freeman

Journal Entry 2 by wingJean-Solwing at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Released 2 mos ago (10/6/2022 UTC) at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Journal Entry 3 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, October 7, 2022
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Journal Entry 4 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, October 21, 2022
Another great piece of work by the much lauded Ian McEwan. A very well written, innovative and absorbing suspense novel. An all round gripping read.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmarmee463wing at McDonald's Book Exchange Shelf in Nunawading, Victoria Australia on Saturday, November 5, 2022

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