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Enduring Love ➟ Enduring Love free download ➤ Author Ian McEwan – 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 fre Joe planned a postcard perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover's return after 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 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 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.

About the Author: Ian McEwan

First Love Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award and the Prix Fémina Etranger for.

10 thoughts on “Enduring Love

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    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 andor 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 no friends and may already have schizophrenia or other disorders McEwan doesn’t use the word erotomania though he calls it by its original name De Clerambault’s syndromeThe sudden and obsessive love is directed at our main character a married male journalist who writes science articles for magazines The onset of love is provoked by a tragedy – a ballooning accident in which a father is killed dropping from clinging to the balloon while his son is saved inside the balloon A group of men in a park try to grab the balloon in a moment of “democratic chaos” of attempted rescue without a leader with each doing different things and yelling different commands – “hold on let go” I’m not giving away any plot – we know all this from the blurbs and by the end of the first chapterOur journalist’s lover turns into a violent stalker He’s also a religious nut whose goal is to “To bring you to God through love”The main story becomes how the journalist reacts to his stalker and how he shares his fear with his wife It doesn’t go well and impacts what had been a good marriage “What was so exhausting about him was the variety of his emotional states and the speed of their transitions Reasonableness tears desperation vague threat – and now honest supplication”Another theme is how do you talk about a life changing event like that and with whom? He constantly relives the event and experiences guilt or some “unnamed sensation” of “did I do the wrong thing?” The plots thickens when he visits the dead man’s wife who puts a whole new spin on the incident even though she wasn’t thereThis is McEwan so we get tidbits about wine and vignettes about memory as surely as we get Johnny Walker and cats and with Murakami Because the main character is a science writer we get snippets of scientific ideas – Darwin DNA the Hubble telescope how brain scans show tricks of memorySome lines I liked “The pavements were empty the streets were full Car were our citizens now”About an academic’s house in north Oxford “No colors but brown and cream No design or style no comfort and in winter very little warmth Even the light was brownish at one with the smells of damp coal dust and soap”“I felt that empty numbing neutrality that comes when one person in the room appears to monopolize all the available emotion”“At the time I had trouble deciding whether he was slightly clever or very stupid”A good read and typical McEwan It was made into a movie in Britain in 2004

  2. karen karen says:

    In placetime name of character does action so that goal but conflict This book is adjective adjective and made this reader verbcome to my blog

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    What happens when people confuse their own feelings of possession with love for another person and expect the other person to buy into their delusion a catastrophe in slow motion The scary part of this novel one of Ian McEwan's better works is not the mentally ill stalker and his eruptions of violence That bit is a psychological thriller of uite conventional dimensions The scary part is how stress from an external source can reveal the incompatibility of two passionate lovers believing they are a team until they are thrown into a game where they find themselves alone while their former teammate creates a third independent team on the field There is no winning such a game as the protagonists realise in the end having spent their love and their energies on dealing in very different yet eually lonely ways with the intrusion of a sexual and emotional predator If you substitute the rare case of a stalker in your life for any kind of catastrophe putting your life on hold what the stress does to your close relationhips is scarily plausibleThe narrative compression of storytelling especially in the movies beguiles us with happy endings into forgetting that sustained stress is corrosive of feeling It's the great deadenerThose are the words of Joe who saw the happy ending morph into an unhappy continuation without any power to change the course of the narrative His partner Clarissa made an eually disturbing discoveryA stranger walked into our lives and the first thing that happened was that you became a stranger to meJoe mirrored in Parry was not the man Clarissa loved and trusted Joe mirrored in Parry was almost as scary and as isolated and obsessed as his opponent Overcoming the monster that old plot slaying the Jabberwocky o frabjous joy in reality we keep our own inner monster and who has seen it is left broken unhappily ever after

  4. Manny Manny says:

    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 observingreally 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 something to that effect the protagonist is heard to say on one occasion A provocative statement Mr McEwanIt is indeed provocative and I also think it's at the heart of what the book is about To me however the passage is intended to be deeply ironic The hero Joe is a science journalist and embodies a world view arranged around a rather facile interpretation of science Note that he isn't a real scientist; at one point he tries to get back into the world of scientific research and is politely but firmly told that he's missed the boat Through no fault of his own Joe is placed in a bizarre situation where for reasons he doesn't understand he discovers he's being stalked by a deranged individual The stalker is cunning and Joe is the only person who has clear evidence that anything is happening In particular his girlfriend Clarissa has never seen the stalker and wonders if he actually exists This places great strain on her relationship with the hero Clarissa is presented as being intellectually Joes's opposite; her passion is literature in particular the poetry of Keats I thought the development was logical and compelling Joe does some clever detective work He figures out who the stalker is and why he's doing it He realises that the man is genuinely dangerous and intervenes just in time to save Clarissa's life But he completely misses the emotional realities of the situation He's so focussed on solving the technical problem that he doesn't see he's destroying his relationship with the person he loves Indeed he blames her for not understanding him or his point of view when it's blatantly obvious that he's misunderstanding her at least as badlyMost of the story is presented in a one sided way though Joe's eyes and it's easy to be tricked into believing that the narrator's and the author's viewpoints coincide I think that's too simple an interpretation As the story progressed I found myself paying and attention to Clarissa and wishing that Joe would do the same; I'm pretty sure the author was nudging me in that direction It's a subtle and humane book Well done Mr McEwan

  5. Maciek Maciek says:

    Enduring Love is either a brilliant camp comedy or one of the worst attempts at serious fiction everJoe 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 strangers still holding it; nevertheless he lets go too at considerable height and falls to the ground dying instantlyOne of the stranger Jed starts looking at Joe Joe doesn't know what's going on but we do Jed has developed an obsession with Joe He fell in love with him and wants to be happy with him under the watchful eye of GodHe's desperateThe characters are so unsympathetic that the reader finds himself rooting for Jed to kill them all Clarissa is the one of the worst and most boring women ever written She likes kids but she can't have one of her own she likes books and is big on Keats she's an university professor and leaves traces of her perfume in a room Yet when her stressed out husband confesses that he hid a phonecall from obsessed stranger for two whole days that's likeum48 hours she goes full mad and offended I mean it's not like an obsessed religious mad gay called this straight dude who had just see a man die by crashing into the earth What? Ashamed? Confused? What NO No wayShe acts like she was 3 years old who just learned to spell hate and what it means To think that she lived with Joe for seven years is unthinkable She acts like they were both fourteen year old and she had just let him have his first sideboob They are described to be a very close couple loving and connectedWithin 24 hours Clarissa accuses her husband of being delusional and dishonest She doesn't want to hear Joe's side of the storyAnd you know what? After it turns out that Jed is a real threat Clarissa spuns out a 180 turn and accuses Joe of not talking to her not wanting her help? I mean didn't she just rejected his fears as irrational and even delirious? She found out that Joe oh gawd was looking through her desk because he suspected that she was seeing someone else and tells him that it was the last straw and she's leaving Then she and Joe make love ??? When Joe takes matters into his hands she leavesDie bitch KILL IT WITH FIREAll this is ornamented with the figure of maniacal Jed who sends Joe letters that are supposed to be the evidence of his love but only serve as unintentional hilarity I was expecting a giant half suirrel half cock to jump into the story anytimeAt the end there's a 5 page appendix describing the de Clerambault's syndrome from which Jed suffers There's also a letter he sends from an Asylum that shows that he's still sick Joe and Clarissa reconcile and I do hope he drives a stake banded with barbed wire straight through her anus It might make her ealize what a pain in the butt she wasIsThere's no point to this story altogether None Zero Nada Pretentious pseudo intelectual filled with superfluous science that's supposed to look smart but is only tediousDamn you Mcewan With On Chesil Beach you slapped me across the face; with Enduring Love you delivered a round house kick straight to the nuts Your luck they don't hit guys in glasses But I warn you McEwanI warn you

  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 But it never felt clinical to me It did start a bit slow a bit ponderously I will admit that But his language got me anyway with a great deal of beautiful imagery and explorations on various themes After that McEwan rapidly builds the tension and suspense despite the fact that the whole thing remains wrapped up in psychological analysis rational reasoning and scientific analogy the study of it is so rapid and consuming that it feels like constant actionThe villain if we can really call him that manages to be horrifying and eerie and completely disturbing and yet there is still a kind of terrible beauty to him that forces you to think about your own obsessions and your own loves He represents the kind of all consuming romantic love that many people believe they want that movies and literature celebrate except gone off the rails It raises such interesting disturbing uestions about the nature of love and reality how we make our own worlds in life and just how far we can go with that before it is too far what we are really motivated by in love what being in love really means does someone else need to feel what you feel to make it okay? on and on I think McEwan is certainly trying to make us all see ourselves at least a little bit in the case study of the villain and I think he's uite successful at it

  7. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Read it years agoA tragic accidentlove guilt moral dilemmaThought provoking proseA terrific writer One of my favorites

  8. Wen Wen says:

    During this stressful work week I was looking for a uick escape from one of my favorite authors with much anticipation but ended with a disappointment Enduring Love was the weakest among the 9 McEwan’s books I’ve read so farScientific writer Joe rose met Jed parry during a heroic group act to rescue a 10 year old boy during an air balloon accident and unfortunately the uncoordinated act led to the death of one of the rescuers Jed became obsessed with his unreuited love for already guilt stricken Joe and started stalking and threatening him This put a strain on Joe’s previously harmonious relationship with his partner Clarissa and the stress continued to build when Joe took the matters all into his own hands Did Joe choose to do so? The answer was both yes and no This psychological thriller kicked off with a bang but was half baked after and fell flat at the ending there were so many possibilities to deliver a powerful and less predictable resolution given the rich material McEwan provided throughout the bookThe moral of the story was the fragility of love between couples having had long shared affection and loyalty Joe and Clarissa’s 7 year relationship had been a time bomb anyway They were great match for intellectually stimulating discussions But Joe leaned on only rigorous scientific research for making “rational” decisions while Clarissa counted on Joe’s “rational nature to sail through any crisis The easily paranoid Joe was far from being a rock for Clarissa Clarissa’s stunning beauty and Joe’s self unworthiness had seemingly given Clarissa a free ticket to be unconditionally pampered Hence it was no surprise that both failed to hold down the balloon so to speak With the lack of children always lurking in the shadow the happy ending suggested by Appendix 1 would have been very unrealistic That said the book's focus on Joe may have left me with superficial and unfair understanding of Clarissa John and Jean Logan’s tale didn’t add much depth to the moral of the story but they did help spice up the thrill and prolong reader’s anticipationSome details appeared unnecessary like Joe paging through his address book and the purchase of the gun Maybe I was missing somethingPersonally I loved McEwan’s novels because of 1 his uiet and fluent prose; 2 his exuisite verbalization of music In this book I felt the verboseness masked his typical prose yet some brilliant sentences were hard to miss Music was only mentioned once in passingI’m still a McEwan fan This book recalibrated my expectation not a bad development because I believe I have already read most of his best novels

  9. Fabian Fabian says:

    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 uick witted protagonist for pages a neo noir a la Saramago but not turtle paced like his are usually thank God The premise is incredible too many coincidences create a rift in an otherwise stagnant life two events including the aforementioned illness of the ‘antagonist' and the event which propels the reader to continue reading the novel in 1 sitting the hot air balloon accident are one too many things to occur to a science journalist who functions intellectually in a plane above you me he's British after all That all these occurrences happen at once is almost a literary impossibilityBut Damn it if this isn’t O so readable You must know what happens next and at all costs and ignoring your outside life will become a necessity It is bizarre ugly in the clinical definition of the word Sterile bleak sad I love the fact that the central problem in the book is the surplus of love Are all emotions really just teensy chemical reactions within a susceptible organism? That this has been McEwan’s recurring thesis for books previous to this and also after does not shock he is adulated for that exact type of coldness Saturday On Chesil Beach I'm not a huge fan of this brand of bleakness Atonement barely has that conceited I know everything even the biological processes which govern the universe entire narrative voice which is why it's his Sole Masterpiece And if you didn’t think the writer sufficiently pretentious look at the dual appendixes at the end of the book look at the over usage of words like love and innocence to describe the psychological landscape At least he refrained from using footnotes Alas American Paul Auster already has

  10. Sara Sara says:

    Can this author really be the same man who wrote Atonement? I have now read enough of his books to know there is a range from horrid to sublime and a bit of everything in between and this one is the in between I hated the first half and almost tossed it in I didn’t for the obvious reason I wanted to know which of the two scenarios was right who was the crazy man here? In the end I realized it didn’t really matter if Joe was right or wrong he was still unbalanced and he was still a very unreliable narrator What was most frustrating was that for all the elevated subject matter and intellectual writing there was nothing greater than “story” here for meThere is something at the heart of this book that repelled me Perhaps it was the treatment of God and faith I believe; and I find it sad that anyone’s belief would be ridiculed or mocked and notwithstanding the obvious element of insanity attributed to Jed Parry I found McEwan’s treatment of the topic hostile and mocking in nature I have two other McEwan books sitting on my library bookshelves I think they will go with me on my next trip to the used book store and I can lighten my TBR by two books I don’t see me ever cracking a McEwan bookcover again I am so glad I started with Atonement because had I read these others first I would never have gotten there

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