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.
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)