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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/10/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099481249
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Review by ammyv
Wonderful. Has everything in it - suspension, love story
Review by suesbooks
Ian McEwan's writing regarding a man victimized by someone suffering from deClerambault's syndrome was engrossing. However, I found both the response from the police and the wife (if this marriage had been truly the close one described) not believable.
Review by amystromboli
Being my 1st Ian McEewan read, I was impressed by his style of writing & the imagery he revealed around corners of his phrases. It was an intense story where a couples' love is tested severely by an estranged man who encountered the 1st @ a hot air balloon accident.
Review by presto
Science writer Joe Rose and his wife Clarissa are enjoying a day out in the Chilterns when a hot air balloon is about to crash. Joe becomes involved in attempts to save the balloon, but also unwittingly becomes involved with another would be rescuer, Jed Parry. Believing it is God’s way of reaching him, Jed becomes obsessed with Joe, making phone calls, writing letters, waylaying him in the street; all the time declaring his love for Joe. Jed’s irrational love and obsession reach dangerous levels, threatening the stability of Joe’s marriage, and eventually driving Joe to taking extreme measures. Clarissa however has a different view of events, and questions Joe’s sanity.A tense and dramatic tale that keeps one guessing throughout; is Joe’s perception of events to be believed, or is all in his mind, or even his own fabrication? The first chapter is especially gripping, and the element of surprise is maintained as the story unfolds.
Review by lberriman
A stressful ride that tugs at the emotions.
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