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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and constructed, 1 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Enduring Love (Paperback)
Enduring Love is one of Ian McEwan's finest works. It is
also one of the most beautifully written and emotionally
engaging books to have come out of Britain in the past
decade. Fans of McEwan familiar with his superb wartime
novel, Atonement, will enjoy Enduring Love very much.
The novel focuses on love and obsession and the factors
that drive us and how we perceive ourselves through the prism
of our relationships in the modern world.
The story also renders a nuanced expose of the stalking
phenomenon and is constructed in such a way as to encourage
the reader to ponder whether the central character Joe
is imagining the stalking he seems to be undergoing.
An informed and well written dissection of this modern
phenomenon complete with the usual McEwan themes of love, loss
and beautiful prose.
I enjoyed this novel and found it an excellent companion piece
to Atonement. I must admit I prefer McEwan in this form
than to his enjoyable but farcical Booker-prize winning romp, Amsterdam. I would also encourage fans of the recent film
starring Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton to read the novel
as it differs in some regards from the film, which is
also excellent, though the medium lacks the same narrative
scope.
Perhaps Britain's finest novelist today.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2009 14:30:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2009 14:31:59 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
Perhaps? There isn't much perhaps about it! "Atonement" is far and away the best English novel (that this reader has come across) written since the end of WW2 - set before, during and after that conflict. The distribution of reviewers' ratings of "Enduring Love" is interesting. A large number of reviews, pretty evenly divided between very good and very bad. I tend to think that this reflects readers' tastes, likes and dislikes more than the quality of prose, plotting and characterisation. I agree with this reviewer about "Amsterdam". I assume his reference to it as a "romp" is jocular? The trouble with "Amsterdam" was that the several outcomes were predictable from the moment the two principals set up their mutual death agreement. Which one would the author go for? Turns out that they manage to "do each other in!" (Was McEwan having a dig at the truly lamentable "Strangers on a Train"?) Very VERY surprising that judges thought "Amsterdam" worthy of the Booker prize. But perhaps that's the way with prizes. Want to be bored out of your skull? Read the first ever Booker Prize. P.H.Newby's "Something to Answer For" He certainly has!

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 18:01:36 GMT
police999 says:
very well written review cant wait to read the book
Regards
yolanda
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