Adam Mars-Jones reviews: Enduring Love. Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email. Read more. Immediately before. Enduring Love. Imprint: Vintage. Published: 28/10/ ISBN: Length: Pages. Dimensions: mm x 16mm x mm. Weight: g. The stunning beginning of McEwan's latest novel delivers a vivid visceral jolt: six men run across a verdant English field, each bent on rescuing a man dangling.
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Enduring Love () is a novel by British writer Ian McEwan. The plot concerns two strangers The book contains an appendix purporting to be a scientific paper ("A Homo-Erotic Obsession, with Religious Overtones: A Clinical Variant of de. Enduring Love book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Joe planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countrysid. From site. Joe Rose has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover's return after six weeks in the States.
Summary[ edit ] On a beautiful and cloudless day, a middle-aged couple celebrate their union with a picnic. Joe Rose, aged 47, and his long term partner Clarissa Mellon are about to open a bottle of wine when a cry interrupts them. A hot-air balloon, with a ten-year-old boy in the basket and his grandfather being dragged behind it, has been ripped from its moorings. Joe immediately joins several other men in an effort to bring the balloon to safety. In the rescue attempt one man, John Logan, a doctor, dies.
Discuss this as a theme throughout the novel. How does science infuse this story? Discuss the different theories described and explained and their importance to this novel. Does this apply to other situations in the novel as well?
Joe describes how Clarissa views the trend in science toward neo-Darwinism, evolutionary psychology, and genetics as "rationalism gone berserk," and adds that she thought "everything was being stripped down…and in the process some larger meaning was lost" page Discuss this as a theme in the novel. At different points, what made you think so? Talk about this unusual choice. What does it add to your understanding of Joe? Of Clarissa? Did you doubt Joe, as Clarissa and others did?
Did the author want you to?
Later he notes that "…sustained stress is corrosive of feeling. In light of what happens in this novel, in what ways is Joe right or wrong about this? Joe finds Parry waiting outside Joe's apartment with a letter, upset that Joe's scientific articles try to disprove the existence of God. Joe ignores Parry and his threatening words and goes inside. He finds Clarissa in his study, upset that he has rifled through her desk.
She thinks he is trying to send a signal with his actions, but she cannot understand it. Joe reads Parry's letter, in which Parry is very angry about Joe's resistance to God.
As time passes and Parry sends more letters, Joe and Clarissa grow further apart. One day, while lying together on the bed, Clarissa tells Joe that she thinks their relationship is over. She's frightened that she's losing him, and she's frustrated that he keeps pushing her away.
She's also secretly afraid that Joe is going crazy, so she decides to move into the guest "children's" room. A few days later, Joe and Clarissa celebrate her birthday at a nice restaurant with her godfather, Professor Kale. While the three of them enjoy themselves by telling stories about DNA's discovery and the feud between Keats and Wordsworth, two men in masks enter the restaurant and shoot a man from the party sitting near Joe.
A young man jumps up and prevents them from killing the man. Joe recognizes the young man as Parry and realizes that Parry has tried to have him killed.
At the police station, Joe tries to convince the officers that he was the real target, but they don't believe him. He decides to take matters into his own hands and calls his old drug dealer, Johnny B.
Well , to help him get a gun. Joe and Johnny drive to the house of some ex-drug dealers who will sell him a gun. Johnny warns him not to laugh at them since they aren't too stable, but when Joe arrives there, his nervousness and the ridiculousness of the situation make him burst out in laughter. The three hippies, Steve , a man with a pointy, hennaed mustache, Xan , a muscular guy, and Daisy , a tired, middle-aged woman, are uneasy about selling Joe the gun, so Joe just puts the money down on the table.
Xan and Steve physically fight over who gets it, while Daisy hands Joe the gun and tells them to leave quickly. On the way back to London, Joe gets a phone call from Parry, who says he's with Clarissa and that Joe should come back immediately.
After firing a few practice shots, Joe drives to his apartment, where Parry is holding Clarissa at knife-point. Joe and Clarissa try to talk Parry down, but Parry insists that he has something to ask Joe. Surprising both Joe and Clarissa, he asks Joe for forgiveness for trying to kill him. While Joe feels vindicated that he was right and Clarissa was wrong, he's still worried about what Parry will do.
When Parry raises the knife, Clarissa flinches, but Parry instead brings it to his own neck and threatens to kill himself. It's not simply that this goes against the testimony of other witnesses, who remember the attack occurring fractionally earlier, the sorbets tainted with blood before they could reach the lunchers who had ordered them, but it contradicts the version we were given earlier, minimally detailed but easily remembered 10 pages later: 'The flavour of my sorbet was lime, just to the green side of white'.
Immediately before he lies to the police, or to himself, or merely the reader, Joe has been thinking about a truth free of self-interest, doubting whether a willed objectivity can save us from our engrained habits of mind, and has even asked explicitly, in a sentence standing alone as a paragraph: 'But exactly what interests of mine were served by my own account of the restaurant lunch? To introduce at this late stage an unreliable narrator is perverse: it recapitulates on the level of gimmick, the novel's central theme, that unreliability is an ineradicable part of what we are.
Enduring Love starts with a set-piece, a ballooning accident whose most agonising aspect is that five men - Joe being one of them - are for a moment hanging by ropes from the wind-buffeted basket.
If they all hold on, their combined weight will keep the basket's occupant, a year-old boy, safely aground. But when one of them drops off, it rapidly becomes a race not to be the last one holding on, the one who will not have time to jump before the ascent of the balloon makes escape impossible. It speaks well for Ian McEwan's descriptive powers and the fluency of his invention that this opening scene doesn't smell like essence of quandary, a carefully contrived human theorem, although his choice of profession for Joe a popularising science writer makes his mouthpiece almost too exquisitely adept at analysing its implications: 'This is our mammalian conflict what to give to others, and what to keep for yourself.
In the immediate aftermath of the accident, Joe has a brief exchange with Jed Parry, one of the other helpers who was unable to keep the faith and hang on to the interests of the group. Jed subsequently develops an obsessive interest in Joe, an interest that is partly religious, partly sexual and wholly crazed.
He waits outside Joe's flat in a state of transcendental infatuation, though he hides when Joe's girlfriend Clarissa comes into view.
Rationality is a precious and precarious construct in the novel, not an instinct but an achievement, a sandcastle no sooner built than washed away by the tides of the mind. The woman widowed in the accident turns out, when Joe contacts her to exorcise his sense of guilt , to have an obsession of her own.
She is convinced that her husband, a notably cautious man, must have been trying to impress someone and therefore, inevitably, a lover unseen by the others when he held on to the rope too fatally long. Joe reacts reasonably, as he sees it, to Parry's loving persecution, but doesn't take Clarissa along with him.