In place time , name of character does action so that goal , but conflict This book is adjective , adjective , and made this reader verb. 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 action.The 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 questions 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 quite successful at it. There is a vague memory of me watching the film adaptation of Enduring Love some years ago starring a pre 007 Daniel Craig, the fact I hardly remember a thing helped not to spoil the book, which turned out to be an interesting read, but was far from being anything particularly special The story mainly consists of two vastly different men, Joe Rose, writer, model citizen, well respected, and Jed Parry, a strange obsessive lunatic The novel starts with a dramatic set piece of high tension, a hot air ballooning accident in the Chiltern Hills and the men trying to stop it Joe is one of them, Parry is another, where for a moment the men are hanging on by ropes, trying to keep the balloon grounded as strong gusts of wind play havoc The combined weight of all will keep the basket s occupant, a 10 year old boy, on the ground But after a tragic outcome, this is where Jed Parry and Joe Rose become acquainted, and the start of a living nightmare for Rose.The opening was the highlight for me, and after the accident, Joe has a brief exchange with Parry, who asks that they pray, and keep the faith together, from this point Parry subsequently develops a dangerous obsessive interest in Joe He would hang around outside Joe s London apartment which he lives with girlfriend Clarissa in a state of infatuation, start sending letters, and seemingly show up wherever Joe goes As no crime has been committed there is little the police can do This comes back to the whole idea of stalking, something that is non physical, but creates much anguish, mentally The police are pretty useless, suggesting Joe is overreacting why not let him in, have a cup of tea and talk things over, he s probably harmless yeah right, great idea This puts a strain on Joe s relationship with Clarissa, leading him to take drastic actions to protect them The woman widowed in the accident turns out, when Joe contacts her to have an obsession of her own She is convinced that her dead husband had a lover that fled the scene, leading Joe to ask questions of the other witnesses.Rationality is a precious theme in the novel, and the collapse of a couple under intense pressure is put under the spotlight, to a degree very well A lovingly maintained fabric that seemed to have no sharp edges unravels thoroughly, so the story takes on than the one main theme, the relationship is referred to in the title as Joe and Clarissa s but also Parry s deluded obsessive mystical love Despite its inability to fully dramatise its themes, it works quite well as a piece of psychological fiction, however, it s length may have only been 230 pages or so, it still felt like being dragged out in places, with some moments that didn t add anything that wasn t already there.Positives though, it was well paced, richly knowledgeable, and tightly woven. 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 McEwan.It 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 badly.Most 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. During this stressful work week I was looking for a quick 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 far.Scientific 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 unrequited 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 book.The 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 anticipation.Some details appeared unnecessary, like Joe paging through his address book and the purchase of the gun Maybe I was missing something.Personally I loved McEwan s novels because of 1 his quiet and fluent prose 2 his exquisite 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 passing.I 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. Enduring Love is either a brilliant camp comedy or one of the worst attempts at serious fiction ever.Joe 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 instantly.One 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 God.He s desperate.The 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 like,um,48 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 way She 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 connected.Within 24 hours Clarissa accuses her husband of being delusional and dishonest She doesn t want to hear Joe s side of the story.And 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 leaves.Die bitch KILL IT WITH FIRE All 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 squirrel, half cock to jump into the story anytime.At 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 was.Is.There 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 tedious.Damn 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, McEwan.I warn you. O ingl s Ian McEwan n 1948 um dos meus escritores de refer ncia e O Fardo do Amor 1997 foi a minha d cima terceira leitura do conjunto da sua obra liter ria que revelam uma enorme criatividade e alguma controv rsia, quase sempre valorizada pelo p blico e pela cr tica, e que invariavelmente se reflecte nos in meros pr mios liter rios recebidos Num campo agr cola e no meio de um relvado fresco e primaveril, h um enorme bal o de ar quente Nesse bal o e no interior do cesto est uma crian a de dez anos de idade Junto ao cesto, agarrado a uma corda, est um homem a precisar de ajuda o piloto ficara com uma perna enredada na corda que estava atada a uma ncora, no momento em que o bal o tocou no ch o Uma s bita rabanada de vento arrasta o bal o para uma escarpa rochosa V rios homens surgem a correr para tentar ajudar a segurar o bal o Um desses homens era o nosso narrador Joe Rose, um jornalista de temas cient ficos A sua mulher Clarissa, uma acad mica que investiga a morte do poeta ingl s John 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o factores de racionalidade, n o como um instinto, mas mais como uma conquista, como uma obsess o Os relacionamentos sob press o podem invariavelmente levar ao colapso ou at mesmo separa o Como leitor acabamos tamb m por nos envolver na quest o da maternidade paternidade, ou como essa incapacidade nos envolve emocionalmente.Em O Fardo do Amor h um suspense intenso e perturbador H uma frase que me surge os dilemas morais s o uma merda A infelicidade que sentimos depois da cat strofe foi a prova de que sab amos que t nhamos falhado perante n s pr prios P g 23 Como algu m que sonha consigo pr prio, eu era ao mesmo tempo a primeira e a terceira pessoa Agia e via me a agir Tinha os meus pensamentos e via os fluir atrav s de um ecr Tal como num sonho, as minhas reac es emocionais eram inexistentes ou desadequadas P g 28 Nota 1 N o li os Anexos I e II.Nota 2 Um filme foi realizado com base no livro O realizador foi Roger Michell com Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton e Rhys Ifans view spoiler hide spoiler Read it years ago A tragic accident..love, guilt, moral dilemma..Thought provoking prose..A terrific writer One of my favorites Num Ventoso Dia De Primavera, Um Bal O De Ar Quente Arrastado Pelo Vento Com Um Rapaz No Interior Do Cesto Na Tentativa De Salvar A Crian A, V Rias Pessoas Se Aproximam Jed Parry Um Dos Estranhos Que Se Junta A Joe Rose Para Tentar Ajudar O Rapaz Sem Joe Se Aperceber, Algo De Estranho Se Passa Entre Ambos Nesse Dia Algo Que Gera Uma Tal Obsess O Em Jed, Que Por Prova O Racionalismo Cient Fico De Joe, Amea Ar O Amor Da Sua Mulher Clarissa, E O Obrigar A Tomar Medidas Desesperadas Para Proteger A Pr Pria VidaIan McEwan Escreve Magistralmente Sobre O Perigo E A Vulnerabilidade Humana Mas Nunca O Tinha Feito De Uma Forma T O Acutilante E Absorvente Como Nesta Obra Terrivelmente Veros Mil E De Leitura Compulsiva, Este Um Romance De Amor, F E Suspense, Que Mostra Como A Vida De Um Homem Comum Se Pode Transformar Radicalmente De Um Dia Para O Outro, Conduzindo O Ao Limiar Do Crime E Da Loucura 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 quick 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 impossibility.But 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.
First Love, Last Rites the Whitbread Novel Award 1987 and the Prix F mina Etranger 1993 for
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- Enduring Love
- Ian McEwan
- 14 November 2017 Ian McEwan