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The story begins on a windy spring day in the Chilterns when the calm, organized life of science writer Joe Rose is shattered when he witnesses a tragic accident: A balloon with a young boy trapped in it is tossed by the wind, and in an attempt to save the child, a man is killed. The afternoon, Joe reflects, could have ended in more tragedy but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry, who has joined Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety.
But unknown to Rose, something passes between them — something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test the limits of Rose's scientific rationalism, threaten his relationship with his wife, Clarissa, and drive him to take desperate measures to stay alive.
Parry suffers from a condition known to psychiatrists as De Clerambault syndrome, in which the afflicted individual obsessively pursues the object of his desire until the frustrated love turns to hate and rage — transforming one of life's most valued experiences into pathological horror. Seeking answers in science, Rose grows more paranoid and terrified until his fear threatens to crack his marriage, and he realizes that he needs something beyond the cold reason of science if this love is to be endured.
With the brilliance and deep compassion that have brought so many readers to his work, Ian McEwan once again spins a tale of life intruded upon — and discovers profound truths about the nature of love and the power of forgiveness. Compelling, utterly and terrifyingly convincing, Enduring Love reveals howanordinary man can be driven to the brink of murder and madness by another man's delusions.