”You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed…”
Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.
One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart”. This book confirms that opinion.
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A beautifully written tribute to the grief Julian Barnes feels over the death of his wife. The thoughts he shares are keen. He is eloquent on the loss we fear most.
Too much ballooning!
The latter part of this book finally got to the part about love and loss and that was what I purchased it for. I could have done without ballooning and Sarah Bernhart, thank you.
Julian himself and his exquisite narration.
Mr. Barnes is a brilliant writer and I have read three of his books and will continue to do so in the future. This book was a bit frustrating in the beginning because it just didn't get to the point until the latter half of the book.
"Truthful and painful"
The link between the ballooning and living after a death, and the very truthful and thoughtless things people say and do to a bereaved person. Sounds quite a confessional report from the author, and is sometimes painful to hear, but it is absolutely how it feels (bereavement, not ballooning). Made me think carefully about what I would say, and what I would feel most supported by in such circumstances.
This is not a story but a disguised autobiography.
This is more thoughtful and considered, with a great depth of feeling.
The reading made me think very hard about the situation, and was sobered by his courage in reading his own experience.
"The heights and depths- exquisite"
So very, very well written! Well crafted in three parts. The first two parts are facinating. The third part is one of the most honest and powerful I have ever read.
A surprising and powerful novel, and I plan to read it again.
"Levels of Life Julian Barnes"
Currently listening to this book on a way to tube station in the morning and I could not ask for a better way to fill this time if I looked for it. The fact that the author covers the books makes it very special. Great plot, era and very technical knowledge. Highly recommend.
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