His was a world determined from the inside, driven by private necessity, and this way it could remain intact. Nothing could prove him wrong, nothing was needed to prove him right. If I had written him a letter declaring passionate love, it would have made no difference. He crouched in a cell of his own devising, teasing out meanings, imbuing nonexistent exchanges with their drama of hope or disappointment, always scrutinizing the physical world, its random placements and chaotic noise and colors, for the correlatives of his current emotional state --- and always finding satisfaction. He illuminated the world with his feelings, and the world confirmed him at every turn his feelings took. (p. 153)
In a story about the search for truth and for forgiveness, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan keeps the reader entertained with the connections between the main character Joe Rose and those he encounters following a life changing event. Rose finds himself a part of a terrible accident that leads to becoming a stranger's obsession, thus provoking him to search for resolution in both while questioning his current state of affairs. How he chooses to handle the unusual obsession and the search for truth brings Rose to some conclusions that he never expected. McEwan's detailed writing helped the plot come to life and had me feeling an array of emotions towards everyone involved. I especially felt the struggles of Rose's wife Clarrisa throughout the story. Interesting from beginning to end, I very much enjoyed Enduring Love and recommend this book to others.