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Julian Barnes: Love, etc

Placed in the role of confessor, we’re drawn into their desires and terrors, their petty attempts at one-upmanship, and their semi-transparent self-justification. He lived in London with his wife, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh, until her death on 20 October He wears his smarts in the lining of his coat, not i Julian Barnes is a strange fish.

View all 5 comments. Notes on this edition: Subsequently, he worked as a literary editor and film critic. British author Julian Barnes reflects life as we live it. The guys seem so emotionally clueless they couldn’t plan a mean thought and she just allows things to happen, all the while telling us about Love like it was a get-out-of-jail-free card.

What spoiled the book for me was that a book that begins in part playful and in part melancholic two trademarks of Barnes becomes, in etceterra end, brutal. There is further character development as we carry on with the same narrative structure, though they do get to sort of interact with each other along with the interviewer, shaking up the dynamics a bit. And you, the readers, are the camera.

It’s quite frustrating to see a whole shelf of Barnes in every possible book shop or library and not know how harnes writes.

He takes up characters and style from his earlier Talking it Over. I guess this is really art when this happens? The images above show the variant dust jacket with the full stop in place and the final, first edition jacket with the full stop removed.


Still, it is satisfying to see Stuart regain the upper hand, although in the era of MeToo, it is a bit disconcerting that what may indeed be the rape of his ex-wife is treated so cavalierly. Two men are in love with the same woman.

I’m really going to have to check these things out. Translated by Valerija Cokan. The title itself couldn’t be better because this novel is mostly about love and relationships and other things, that come under the umbrella of etc. There are also statements from Gillian and Oliver’s daughters, Stua My short summary: All blood under the bridge.

Gillian anticipates the awkwardness of this entanglement with her exhusband, but Oliver feels so superior that he fails to see the tables turning.

Love etc – Page 4 – Julian Barnes Bibliography

My apologies if that is presumptive, Mr. Indeed, emerging from this crux are a number of truths we all live by: These people all act primarily out of self-interest. I do not mean to deny the ability to invent. Aug 18, Anamarija rated it liked it. I was surprised that Gillian could have fallen in love with him julixn all, let alone by her claim that people find Oliver “charming.

It’s hard to say with certainty what has happened, and it changes depending on who’s describing the event. The one exuding the aura of reasonableness and innocence while just manipulating all bbarnes the place. However, when he has the chance of having a real glimpse of how she really is now, after years of marriage with Oliver, he realizes that the woman he had loved all this time, was “the Gillian” to whom he had been married long ago and that the actual one has changed.


Views Read Edit View history. Dec 27, Ralf rated it liked it. Behold the towering slush pile! Ai tre punti di vista se ne aggiungono poi anche altri in narnes da farci vedere dall’esterno la storia. There was a playfulness about it and it had a certain rhythm that kept things interesting and moving along at a fast pace. Apr 09, Ron Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stuart thinks he can undo the marriag This book does not read like a novelnot exactly like reading a juliah like a one Man or Woman showbut with more many more characters talking to the reader.

This book is etcetra continuation of another etcefera by Barnes, Talking it Overwhere we are first introduced to the trio. It was boring for the most part, apart from the last third.

Slovene – Ljubezen etc. Translated by Claus Bech. Translated by Knut Ofstad. And neither, for that matter, was the previous one that temporarily joined Etcetwra and Stuart.

Love, Etc.

Gillian was married to both of them. Julian Barnes at his best! Stuart thinks he can undo the marriage and get back together with Gillian.

O narcoleptic and steatopygous Stuart, he of the crepuscular understanding and the Weltanschauung built of Lego. Of the three characters, Oliver talks a lot, goes off on tangents. This books is less about narrative and more about character and voice.

Editorial Anagrama Oliver is planning to compress middle-age into a single afternoon of lying down with a migraine. Do we not, each of us, write the novel of our life as we go along?