Enduring Love

by Ian McEwan | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0099276585 Global Overview for this book
Registered by halonhakkaaja of Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland on 12/26/2007
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by halonhakkaaja from Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
First published in 1997. Published by Vintage 1998. Paperback. 247 p.
I found the book in Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz in a second hand book shop.

"Joe Rose has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover's return after six weeks in the States. To complete the picture, there's even a "helium balloon drifting dreamily across the wooded valley." But as Joe and Clarissa watch the balloon touch down, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. As the wind whips into action, Joe and four other men rush to secure the basket. Mother Nature, however, isn't feeling very maternal. "A mighty fist socked the balloon in two rapid blows, one-two, the second more vicious than the first," and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted sky-high, only to fall to his death.

In itself, the accident would change the survivors' lives, filling them with an uneasy combination of shame, happiness, and endless self-reproach. (In one of the novel's many ironies, the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed.) 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 very 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."

Great book! Such a suspense. I haven't liked all the books by McEwan I've read, but I'm so glad I bought this one - and finally read it too :) The contrast between science/logic and religion/emotions was excellently written.

With this book I participate in Delenna's "Travelling around the world -challenge" in Finnish forum. Joe is remembering a girl, with whom he shared a sleeping bag in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif in the year 1968 (p. 184), so I'm getting Afganistan with this book.

Journal Entry 2 by halonhakkaaja at Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (7/29/2021 UTC) at Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland


Pääkirjaston ala-aulan vaihtokärryssä. Hyviä lukuhetkiä kirjan parissa!

Journal Entry 3 by Suhari4ever at Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland on Thursday, July 29, 2021
Found this book, (among others, all of which I hauled home) on the main library of Kuopio in downtown. It was placed in a cart where all the books are free!
I've never read anything by this author so I'm looking forward to be sweeped!

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.