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January 17, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Enduring Ian McEwan

Enduring love

Have you ever read enduring love? Enduring was the most applicable word for how I felt about reading this book in college. I couldn’t understand the way Mr McEwan could describe love in such a mechanical, scientific way. For me, he took all of the magic out of the wonderful feeling. Saying that though, this book has stayed with me, if only to serve as an answer to the question “what’s the worst book you have ever read?”. I remember details of this book where I have long forgotton plots of some of my favourites so it must have had some kind of impact.

The basic premise is that characters are brought together, at the start of the novel, by witnessing a tragic accident in which they all attempted to save someone’s life. From that moment on one of the characters, Jed, develops an obsession with Joe and goes on to cause havoc in his relationship and life in general. I found the concept of a chararacter with de Clérambault’s syndrome (obsessive love) interesting but I enjoyed the idea of it more than how it played out in the book.

Was it bad writing or just bad love that put me off? Ask me after Saturday 😉



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  1. fallingthroughtheworld / Feb 27 2013 8:12 pm

    I hated it too 😦 and yet I love other books of his like ‘The Innocent’ or ‘Atonement’. I usually can’t explain why I don’t like a book; it’s just that somehow that I can’t feel the energy pulsing through it. Did you ever read ‘Saturday’?

    • ljbradburn / Feb 27 2013 9:01 pm

      I know exactly what you mean, unless it is particulary bad writing it’s hard to know quite why a book doesn’t do it for you. A lot of other people seemed to love this book but I just hated it with a passion because it felt so cold. I haven’t read Saturday yet, have you ever read it? I might give ‘The Innocent’ or ‘Atonement’ a go though because I trust your judgement! x

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