Search Results: "Julian Barnes"


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ARTHUR AND GEORGE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A triumph."
British author Barnes's deeply satisfying tenth novel, based on a turn-of-the-century cause célèbre. Read full book review >

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THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A knockout. What at first seems like a polite meditation on childhood and memory leaves the reader asking difficult questions about how often we strive to paint ourselves in the best possible light."
A man's closest-held beliefs about a friend, former lover and himself are undone in a subtly devastating novella from Barnes. Read full book review >

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TALKING IT OVER by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"He neatens away its essences."
Barnes constructs a triangle here, then another one, upended—in this chamber cantata of voices about adultery. Read full book review >

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NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2008

"Gentle and lucid—a welcome change from the polemical tone of so many books on the matter (or antimatter, if you like) of the big guy upstairs."
Life's a bichon, and then you die. Read full book review >

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CROSS CHANNEL by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 1996

"A very uneven display of this very skillful author's obvious talents."
A first collection of ten thematically linked stories, each of which deals with Britain's experience of France, from a sophisticated observer of both countries. Read full book review >

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THE NOISE OF TIME by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moody, muted composition about art under the thumb of tyranny."
A fictional treatment of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his long history of humiliation and persecution under Soviet rule. Read full book review >

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LEVELS OF LIFE by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"Barnes' reticence is as eloquent as it is soul-shuddering."
A book about the death of a spouse that is unlike any other—book or spouse—and thus illuminates the singularity as well as the commonality of grieving. Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF PAIN by Alphonse Daudet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2003

"Harrowing and altogether memorable."
For devoted readers of Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain and Baudelaire's fevered journals, a 19th-century account of slow death by syphilis. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 1989

"Deft and light-footed, but Barnes' increasing tendency to be a lo-cal Calvino seems a waste of his gilts."
The Mel Brooks-y title isn't a good augury here: it alerts you to just how shtick-like what's to come will be. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Barnes knows that one of the immeasurable pleasures of art is its capacity to approach us from unexpected angles and excite our senses of wonder. The same may be said of his scholarly and astute yet accessible and exciting essays."
English novelist Barnes (Levels of Life, 2013, etc.) focuses his analytical prowess on significant artists and their oeuvres, opening fresh vistas to readers—and viewers. Read full book review >

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METROLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: June 6, 1980

But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength. Read full book review >

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THROUGH THE WINDOW by Julian Barnes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Not every piece will connect with every reader, but Barnes is a fine literary companion."
The focus on books and literature makes this more cohesive than the usual collection of journalistic miscellany. Read full book review >