Enduring Love By Ian McEwan
Enduring Love - A Novel By Ian McEwan
Enduring Love is a novel by award winning author Ian McEwan, first published in 1997
On an ordinary spring day, while he is enjoying a picnic with his girlfriend, Clarissa, the calm, organised life of science writer Joe Rose is turned upside down due to the repercussions of a tragic accident.
Joe and Clarissa's intimate picnic is disrupted when they notice a hot-air balloon out of control and being tossed around by strong winds. To his horror, Joe realises that a young boy is trapped in the basket of the balloon, and he and several other onlookers rush to help, including a man named Jed Parry. Tragically, in the attempt to save the boy, one of the would-be rescuers is killed. Joe is so shocked by what has happened, he doesn't take much notice of Jed Parry at the time - but Jed Parry has certainly noticed Joe...
Their chance meeting spawns a dangerous obsession in Parry, an obsession powerful enough to test the limits of Joe's rationalism, threaten his relationship with his girlfriend and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.
On this page you'll find reviews and summaries of both the book for those wishing to read the novel, plus quotes and links to Enduring Love A level study guides and other information resources.
Enduring Love Quotes
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"The beginning is simple to mark. We were in sunlight under a turkey oak, partly protected from a strong, gusty wind. I was kneeling on the grass with a corkscrew in my hand, and Clarissa was passing me the bottle - a 1987 Daumas Gassac. This was the moment, this was the pinprick on the time map..."— Enduring Love
Plot Summary Of Enduring Love
Synopsis of Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Enduring Love is Ian McEwan's sixth full length novel.
Much hyped at the time of release, "Enduring Love", has stood the test of time despite it's critics and is on the English Literature syllabus for A level students.
Enduring Love has one of the most compelling first chapters of any book ever written. The narrator is Joe Rose, a successful science writer in his 40's. He has enjoyed a happy relationship with his common-law wife Clarissa for many years.
On the way home from picking Clarissa up from the airport, the couple stop for a picnic in the Oxfordshire countryside and as Joe starts to open a bottle of wine, his contented and secure life changes forever...
Hearing a cry, Joe and Clarissa witness a hot-air balloon clearly out of control. The basket of the balloon contains a terrified child and a frantic man is desperately trying to pull the balloon back to the ground. Joe and several other witnesses rush to help the man, but their efforts end in tragedy.
The aftermath of the events of that day affects all those involved, but decidedly unexpected reprecussions occur for Joe, Clarissa and Jed Parry, one of the bystanders who attempted to anchor the balloon.
Joe and Parry exchanged no more than a glance during the rescue attempt, but for Parry, that glance changed his life and turned Joe and Clarissa's world upside down...
The novel explores the theme of relationships (physical, emotional and spiritual) and the issue of trust. Echoing his earlier novel "Black Dogs", McEwan puts his characters into a situation where they are forced to question their values, beliefs and everything they hold dear and familiar in life.
Joe is the main character and outwardly the "victim", but McEwan introduces more than a tiny element of doubt about Joe's version of reality in the mind of the reader and does so in a compelling and very readable fashion...this is definitely a "can't put it down until I find out what happens" kind of book.
The balloon scene from the film version of Enduring Love
The balloon accident is the catalyst for everything else that follows. What happens destroys all the carefully laid plans Joe has devised for his future and changes his life.
The romantic picnic at which he intended to propose marriage to Clarissa marks the end of his control of his life. The pivotal moment is when he becomes aware of the significance of the balloon and from that moment, he is no longer master of his own destiny. He experiences the psychological trauma of trying and failing to save another man's life and he meets the psychologically disturbed Jed Parry who despite their encounter being brief, becomes obsessed with him.
"I have no doubt that I remember his words correctly. He said 'Is that Joe?' I didn't reply. I had already recognised the voice. He said, 'I just wanted you to know, I understand what you're feeling. I feel it too. I love you'..."— Enduring Love
Ian McEwan's Enduring Love - 'A' Level Exam Revision Tips
A Level English Literature: Enduring Love
Ian McEwan's "Enduring Love" (Routledge Guides to Literature)
This is a recommended study guide to Enduring Love for AS and A level students.
Features interpretations of the text and themes, quotes and critical essays by the guide author Peter Childs, along with others by Kiernan Ryan, Sean Matthews, Martin Randall, Paul Edwards, and Rhiannon Davies.
To see reviews of this guide on Amazon, please click the link on the right.
Ian McEwan On Enduring Love
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Ian McEwan answers questions about Enduring Love
Enduring Love chapter 10 movie scene - Joe rejects Jed
De Clerambault's Syndrome
Jed Parry suffered from De Clerambault's Syndrome, also known as "erotomania".
Erotomania is a psychological condition in which a sufferer believes that someone of a higher social class, or someone in the public eye is deeply in love with them, even though the object of their affection is usually unaware of their existence.
The condition is named after the psychiatrist Gaetan Gatian de Clerambault.
In Enduring Love, Jed Parry displays the classic signs of the syndrome, becoming romantically obsessed with Joe Rose after a chance encounter with him. He stalks Joe, first causing him confusion which develops through embarrassment, paranoia and eventually into anger and violence.
More information about De Clerambault's Syndrome can be found on Wikipedia: Erotomania.
"Don't ever walk by me as if I wasn't there. Neither of us can be fooled. Never deny my reality, because in the end you'll deny yourself..." Jed— Jed - Enduring Love
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