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Enduring Love - Ian McEwan

Paperback Published: 1st June 2006
ISBN: 9780099276586
Number Of Pages: 247

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This story begins on a windy spring day in the Chilterns when the calm, organised life of Joe Rose is shattered by a ballooning accident.

The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to take desperate measures merely to stay alive.

Totally compelling and utterly convincing, Enduring Love is the story of how an ordinary man can be driven to the brink of murder and madness by another's delusions. It is the finest novel Ian McEwan has written in his remarkable career.

About the Author

Ian McEwan's first published work, a collection of short stories called First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child In Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love and Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize. His most recent novel is Saturday. He lives in Oxford.

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A science writer is involved in a ballooning accident and becomes the object of obsession for an evangelical Christian. The usual McEwan themes - rationalism versus religion, the ambivalence of male desire, what the human body looks like when subjected to brutal violence - are explored in his customary cool prose although the dark menace of his greatest work is missing here. (Kirkus UK)

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ISBN: 9780099276586
ISBN-10: 0099276585
Audience: Professional
For Grades: 11 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

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Ian McEwan

About the Author


Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix FĂ©mina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000.

In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader's Digest Author of the Year.

McEwan lives in London.

Booktopia Book Guru says: Ian McEwan presents the world as you know it, and then tweaks it, just a fraction, causing it to crack, and from that crack spills forth meaning, directly into your lap.

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