"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page". (Bill Bryson, "Sunday Times"). One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting ...
"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel so beautifully written or utterly compelling from the very first page". (Bill Bryson, "Sunday Times"). One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised 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. "Hypnotically readable". ("Sunday Telegraph").
Very Good+ No Jacket as Issued. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Ian McEwan on the title page with no inscription; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectible condition.
Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Signed by Author Advance reading copy, near fine in pictorial wraps. Page edges are a little tanned. Letter from publisher, return card laid in. Signed by the author on the title page.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [viii], 262,  pages. 0385491123. A handsome first US edition/first printing in unread Fine condition in Fine dust-jacket; An afternoon picnic and the organized life of science writer Joe Rose are both shattered by a tragic accident. A man falls to his death as a hot-air balloon carrying a child is carried away by the wind. As a result, stranger Jed Parry becomes obsessed with Joe, threatening his marriage and his very life. A suspenseful novel about love and faith, and about how life can change in an instant.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0385491123. Used hardcover in dust jacket, SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE, STATED 1st EDITION / 1st PRINTING WITH NUMBERLINE TO THE 1. light scuffing to dj covers, light bumping along dj edges, no major tears or chips, dj not price clipped, now protected in mylar cover. light shelfwear; corners/edges are lightly bumped and rubbed. binding and pages remain straight and solid. no marks to interior text. boards are lightly scuffed but clean. page edges are lightly dusty up top.; 9.50 X 7.50 X 1 inches; 272 pages; Signed by Author.
Very Good + in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author. 247 pp. 3rd Printing, signed by author on title page. sl. rubbing/bumping of spine extremities ow vg clean copy; dw sl. edgewear, top front corner v. small loss.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-27 The stunning beginning of McEwan's latest novel delivers a vivid visceral jolt: six men run across a verdant English field, each bent on rescuing a man dangling by a rope from a helium balloon while a small boy cowers in the basket, about to be swept away. One of the would-be rescuers will become a victim instead, falling to his death. But the tragedy is just the catalyst of what will be another one of McEwan's (The Child in Time) eerie stories of bizarre events and personal obsessions. As always, his work is imbued with a mounting sense of menace as the unthinkable intrudes into the everyday. Narrator Joe Rose is astonished, then repelled, then deeply frightened when one of the men, an unstable, delusional young man called Jed Parry, sees the incident as fated, a divine command to him to bring Joe to God. The tightly controlled narrative charts Joe's psychological disintegration as Jed stalks him with accelerating frenzy. Jed's mad demands feed into Joe's sense of guilt about his behavior during the fateful afternoon and his frustration with his career as a science writer. The ultimate casualty, after two more violent events occur, is Joe's relationship with his lover, Clarissa, a professor and expert on Keats. McEwan wrings wry meaning from the contrast of poetry and science, the limitations of rational logic and the delusive emotional temptations of faith. As he investigates the nature of obsessive love, McEwan takes some false steps in explaining Clarissa's misperceptions of Joe's behavior, somewhat lessening his story's credibility but not its powerful impact. Perhaps it is this lapse that persuaded the Booker judges not even to nominate the book, touted by the British press early on as a sure choice for winner. Whatever its limitations, however, the tightly controlled narrative, equally graced with intelligent speculation and dramatic momentum, will keep readers hooked. First serial to the New Yorker; author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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