One windy spring day in the Chilterns, Joe Rose's calm, organized life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in... show more
One windy spring day in the Chilterns, Joe Rose's calm, organized life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.
Publish date: October 28th 2004
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
I’m a tremendous fan of Ian McEwan’s books (particularly On Chesil Beach and The Comfort of Strangers) but this was a huge letdown. It has a wonderful plot; a couple are on a picnic on a very windy day when they see a hot air balloon that is in trouble. A young boy is stuck inside the basket, his gr...
This is a brilliant and woefully underrated book. It's only the third book I have read by McEwan, but I still strongly suspect that it is his masterpiece. I expected that to be |Atonement which is certainly very good, but this book is better.It is a novel that is in some sense about the conflict b...
Enduring Love Author: Ian McEwan Genres: British Literature, Contemporary Fiction Setting: United Kingdom James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Fiction (1997) I have never experienced reading a book that immediately filled me with a sense of foreboding. The beginning chapter of Ian McEwan’s ...
it's possible Ian McEwan is the acid test of contemporary British letters. first things first, he has a quarter-million reads here on GR for [b:Atonement|6867|Atonement|Ian McEwan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320449708s/6867.jpg|2307233], and so he's part literary writer and part uppe...
I just couldn't stand this book. I listened to it on audio. I don't know if that's what did it or not but I found it cloyingly annoying and ridiculously manipulative. I didn't like the descriptions, the arc of the story, or any of the characters.