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“A very high-toned, gorgeously written thriller about the mysteries and vagaries of love. If that sounds a bit iffy, don’t worry. McEwan is talented, subtle, and his prose is seemingly effortless. There are some plotting affinities between “Enduring Love” and his more recent and very acclaimed...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Probably my least favourite McEwan read, it more or less creeped me out. First off, there was the tragic accident, described so well here that I still have this horrible image in my mind's eye. Then there was the stalker who so messed up everybody's lives here. Yuck.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The beginning of it is undeniably good but I felt that it went boring around the middle. I just did not like the whole 'madness' going on like I don't know what's happening anymore.”Unfabulous wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book more than Solar, like Solar I enjoyed the balance in background, instead of photovoltaics and Milton it was de Clerambaults, rationality and Keats this time. The characters in this book are infinitely more likeable though there were two points at which even I doubted Joe Rose, handwriting and lime sorbet. ”Jem wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ the calm, organized life of science writer Joe Rose is shattered when he witnesses a tragic accident: a hot-air balloon with a boy trapped in its basket is being tossed by the wind, and in the attempt to save the child, a man is killed. A simple act of courage leads to tragic results .
McEwan's novel about a tragic incident that opens the door to an encounter between a stalker and his victim. Joe Rose and his wife, Clarissa, enjoying a picnic, are interrupted when a hot-air balloon escapes from its moorings with a child on board. McEwan's engrossing account of the event describes in minute detail the moment the balloon takes flight to the death of one of the would-be rescuers. It is during this time that Jed approaches Joe and begins a series of harassing phone calls, letters, and personal confrontations. The first-person narrative by Joe is effective in following the disturbed young man as he drives a wedge between the couple. ”
“An interesting read. After falling in love with Atonement, I found this a little disappointing. McEwan can a get a little over-intellectualised at times. That said, there were parts of the book that I really did enjoy. ”Michaela Laufs wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A group of people witness and take part in a tragic event which ties three of them together in a way that changes everything.
A book that grips you from the beginning and makes you question the character's perspectives. The story could have gone in any direction and I like that he didn't leave the story with too many loose ends.
“A really good look at what it's like to be human when faced with tragedy and circumstances out of our control. A very intellectual and worldly insight into relationships, personality and english middle class society. ”CatWoman wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a fascinating and quite bizarre book! I adore Ian McEwan's style and his characters. The only criticism I have is that at some point the (strange, eventful) events succeeded each other really quickly, compared to the pace in the beginning of the story. Other than that, an excellent book.”Emy wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An intensely intelligent and involving book - McEwan writes with convincing originality and his exploration of circumstance and obsession here made for a very satisfying and thought-provoking read. There was great insight in the manner in which seemingly mundane events can combine to cause the strangest thoughts and actions, and the epistolary sections did ring true with regards some experiences I have had. A proper bit of literature.”Monkey Davies wrote this review Sunday, March 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“With its unforgettable opening chapter, this is a true tour de force by McEwan, and the novel that marked his graduation to the Big League of contemporary English Literature. The first-person narrative viewpoint is central to this novel, where Joe Rose's account of events becomes increasingly less reliable as the story progresses. There has been some criticism of McEwan's plotting (like Martin Amis, perhaps not his strongest suit), but in this novel the lack of credibility in some episodes works in its favour, precisely because we gradually lose our trust in Rose. As always, McEwan has researched meticulously, and, in true post-modernist style, he blurs the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction, reality and illusion in subtle ways, particularly with regard to the Appendix ...”Mr. Bennett wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No