February 15

Tags

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

book reviewBy Kezza G.

Enduring Love is a novel by British writer Ian McEwan. The plot concerns two strangers who become dangerously entangled after witnessing a deadly accident.

Joe planned a picnic in the English countryside to welcome his girlfriend back home after 6 weeks in the States. The perfect day turns to a nightmare when they witness a tragic accident: a hot-air balloon with a boy trapped in its basket is being tossed by the wind. In a combined attempt from strangers to save the child and bring the balloon down safely, a man is killed.

One of the rescuers is a man named Jed Parry, who grows obsessed with Joe after their eyes meet during the struggle. This obsession will test the limits of Joe’s scientific rationalism and threaten his whole way of life. He sees Jed shadowing him everywhere he goes driving him to the brink of murder and madness.

Intense and compassionate, this is a novel of love, faith, and uncertainty, the witnesses and rescuers are left with a feeling of shame, happiness, discomfort and remorse of how life can change in an instant.