Review Book #4: Enduring Love, Ian McEwan

Ok, so I have two confessions to make.

1) I completely forgot about my reading list for the year…

2) I also completely forgot that I read book #4 Enduring Love over the summer…

Oops. Basically I have a terrible memory. Let’s crack on!

Having read and enjoyed a couple of Ian McEwan’s books (Atonement, On Chesil Beach), Enduring Love had sat unloved upon my shelf for several years before I decided that enough was enough and I needed to get serious. It was a book I had heard so much about and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it.

First of all, I have to say how much I love McEwan’s writing style. It’s so fluent and easy to read, the little effort required making a great change from a lot of the period stuff I have to read for uni. His characters are always so beautifully evoked and I find it so easy to get sucked into the worlds he creates, especially with the huge hot air balloon scene at the beginning of Enduring Love. It was almost a little overwhelming to become so immediately entangled into such an epic and pivotal scene, on which the entire rest of the book depends, but it’s a decision which paid off; I became so intrigued and interested by the incident and subsequent outcomes that it became hard to put down.

The character of Jed, apart from hilariously having the same name as my brother, was creepy, let’s just put it out there. So creepy, in fact that I began to hope that it was all a figment of  Joe’s imagination. I envisioned an Atonement-style narrative twist where we began to doubt the reliability of Joe as an author and although I think McEwan did a good job of toying with these expectations, I was a little disappointed that Jed really was just a creepy crazy guy. I just felt like he had no motive. But then again, what motive does a creepy crazy guy need?

So this is all I can remember pretty much from six months ago, sorry about that. I do, however, remember that I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good domestic modern thriller type thing. How articulate of me.

Happy reading!

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