Another new author…
…experienced. Finally finished Ian McEwan’s “Enduring Love” a couple of days ago.
For once, the book’s blurb gets it spot on. The first chapter of Enduring Love must be one of the finest first chapters I have read. In fact, I would say that both the first and the second chapters are outstanding. Literally left me gasping for breath. Can’t say the same for the rest of the book though. Much as I enjoyed McEwan’s mastery of language, his ability to stretch out even the most commonplace of scenes, and the almost claustrophobic intensity of his writing, at the end of it all, the novel itself left me feeling somewhat cheated, for it rests on a rather silly plot. It’s almost like he didn’t know what to do with the story after he had gone past the first few chapters, and ended up taking the easy way out.
Nevertheless, worth a read, simply because of his mastery of his craft. I think he is the kind of author who will appeal to people who like J.M. Coetzee.
Right now reading Fritjof Capra’s “Hidden Connections”. Another author who I haven’t read before. Fascinating stuff, but the subject is a touch difficult to follow. So I end up reading a few passages twice or thrice over to get a hang of what he is saying.