Search Results: "Julian Barnes"


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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 >

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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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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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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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PULSE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another impressive addition to an already impressive oeuvre."
Elegance and versatility—those familiar Barnes strengths define this latest story collection from the distinguished British author. 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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ENGLAND, ENGLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: May 10, 1999

"A provocative dystopian fable that's also a superb vehicle for Barnes's unfailingly fiendish riffs on contemporary political, economic, and sexual underhandedness and overkill."
A mischievous satire on the marketing of illusion and a trenchant analysis of a rootless woman's interrupted pursuit of authenticity are joined in a highly original way in this consummately entertaining novel, the eighth by the dependably clever British author. 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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STARING AT THE SUN by Julian Barnes
Released: April 2, 1987

"Not truly a novel, then—nor satisfying as one—but added proof of Barnes' deft skill for artistic and intellectual cubism."
Barnes (Flaubert's Parrot) has used portraiture-at-three-ages before, in 1980's Metroland. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO DECLARE by Julian Barnes
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"Still, those planning a trip to the Louvre or a browsing tour through the stacks devoted to la belle France will find Barnes's essays to be a worthy companion."
A most un-English embrace of all (well, most) things French by the noted English novelist (Love, Etc., 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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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 >