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Julian Barnes - Szerelem ​meg miegymás
GILLIAN ​Nekem Stuart és Oliver valahogy mindig valaminek a két ellentétes pólusaként tűnt fel... Talán a felnőtté válásénak. Stuart úgy gondolta, felnőni annyi, mint beilleszkedni, tetszeni az embereknek, a társadalom tagjává válni. Olivernek nem volt ilyen problémája, benne mindig is túltengett az önbizalom. STUART Valaki egyszer azt mondta, az igazi egoistát arról lehet felismerni, ahogyan egy harmadik személyről beszél. Ma már a királyok sem beszélnek harmadik személyben önmagukról. Vannak viszont híres sportolók és rocksztárok, akik igen, mintha ez volna a természetes. Mintha létezne ugyanilyen néven egy tőlük független valaki. Olivert bajosan lehetne híres embernek nevezni, mégis Oliverként beszél önmagáról, mint egy olimpiai aranyérmes. Vagy egy skizofrén. OLIVER Rendben van, legyen Stuart a nyitóemberünk, ám induljon előre nagy hadrikálva az igazság tamburmajori botjával kezében az úton. Csak el ne ejtsd, fiam, Stuart! Engem nem érdekel, ki kezdi. Nekem mindössze egyetlen kérésem van, és ebben nem vezérel se önösség, se marketing, hanem csupán az emberi méltóság és a közhelyességtől való irtózat: ne adja a következő fejezetnek az "Ez történt eddig" címet. Könyörgök, ne tegye. Szépen kérem. Piti-piti. Oliver tíz éve elszerette legjobb barátja, Stuart feleségét, Gilliant. Stuart tíz évi távollét után más emberként tér haza külföldről, és a régi barátság helyreállításának örve alatt az immár kétgyerekes család bizalmába férkőzik. Támogatja őket, lakást, állást ad nekik, és közben megvalósítja régóta szövögetett tervét... Gilliant akarja visszaszerezni, akibe még mindig szerelmes.

Julian Barnes - Il ​senso di una fine
Tony ​Webster è un uomo senza qualità. Negli studi e nel lavoro, nei sentimenti e, c'è da scommetterci, anche nel sesso. Ma la lettera con cui un avvocato gli annuncia il lascito di cinquecento sterline e di un diario proveniente dal passato scuote il fondo limaccioso della sua esistenza. Tony deve ora scoprire chi gli ha destinato quell'ingombrante eredità e perché ha scelto proprio lui, e quale segreto rabbiosamente custodito quel diario potrebbe rivelare. Nel porsi queste domande, s'imbatterà in risposte che avrebbe preferito non conoscere e dovrà imparare a sue spese che «la nostra vita non è la nostra vita, ma solo la storia che ne abbiamo raccontato».

Julian Barnes - Amore, ​dieci anni dopo
Dopo ​essere stato dieci anni in America come brillante uomo d'affari, Stuart torna a Londra e decide di cercare la ex-moglie Gillian. La loro unione si era conclusa anni prima quando Oliver, il suo ex-migliore amico, gliel'aveva portata via. Ora che le ambizioni artistiche di Oliver sono svanite e il suo rapporto con Gillian vacilla, Stuart decide di insinuarsi nella vita della coppia, perché in fondo non ha mai smesso di amare la moglie e perché intende attuare un piano. Un mosaico di monologhi incrociati che raccontano vite sospese, frustrazioni, disincanti e rivalse.

Julian Barnes - Cross ​Channel
In ​his first collection of short stories, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside rich food and barbarous sexual and religious practices, is their own ineradicable Englishness. The ten stories that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of intriguing, original, and sometimes ill-fated characters. Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is further evidence of Barnes's wizardry

Julian Barnes - The ​Lemon Table
In ​his widely acclaimed new collection of stories, Julian Barnes addresses what is perhaps the most poignant aspect of the human condition: growing old. The characters in The Lemon Table are facing the ends of their lives–some with bitter regret, others with resignation, and others still with defiant rage. Their circumstances are just as varied as their responses. In 19th-century Sweden, three brief conversations provide the basis for a lifetime of longing. In today’s England, a retired army major heads into the city for his regimental dinner–and his annual appointment with a professional lady named Babs. Somewhere nearby, a devoted wife calms (or perhaps torments) her ailing husband by reading him recipes. In stories brimming with life and our desire to hang on to it one way or another, Barnes proves himself by turns wise, funny, clever, and profound–a writer of astonishing powers of empathy and invention.

Julian Barnes - The ​Sense of an Ending
Tony ​Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.

Julian Barnes - Singura ​poveste
„Cei ​mai mulți dintre noi au de spus o singură poveste. Asta nu înseamnă că ni se întâmplă un singur lucru în viață – se petrec nenumărate întâmplări, pe care le transformăm în nenumărate povești. Însă una singură contează cu adevărat, pe una singură merită până la urmă s-o spui. Ceea ce urmează e povestea mea.“ (Julian Barnes) O vară din anii ’60, undeva la sud de Londra. Când se întoarce de la facultate, Paul îi face pe plac mamei și se duce la tenis. Acolo e Susan: caldă, încrezătoare, ironică, soție și mamă a doi copii. Evident, iubirea lor este unică și irepetabilă. Peste zeci de ani, el privește înapoi la povestea lor și la eșecul ei, știind că memoria ne joacă feste și ne surprinde. „Un roman profund emoționant și o analiză a suferinței din iubire (...). Revizitand fluxul și refluxul unei pasiuni, Julian Barnes pune în lumina legătură dintre un om bătrân și propriul lui șine.“ (Publishers Weekly)

Julian Barnes - Something ​to Declare
Eighteen ​witty and brilliant essays on France from Julian Barnes; Julian Barnes's long and passionate relationship with France began more than forty years ago. As sceptical observer on family motoring holidays, assistant in a school in Brittany, student of the language and literature, author of Flaubert's Parrot and Cross Channel, he has criss-crossed the country and its culture The essays collected here, written over a twenty-year period, attest to his clear eyed appreciation of the Land Without Brussels Sprouts. He ranges widely, from landscape to literature, food to Flaubert, film and song to the Tour de France. His humour, timing and intelligence never falter. When Picador published his Letters from London, the Financial Times called him 'our finest essayist'. Something to Declare confirms that judgment: it is a great literary delight.

Julian Barnes - Prima ​di me
A ​trentotto anni, sposato da quindici, a metà strada con il pagamento di un mutuo e, verosimilmente, della sua stessa esistenza, a Graham Hendrick pare già di intravedere la china. Storico diligente, marito annoiato e padre distratto, è incapace di grandi emozioni e da tempo ha rinunciato ai piaceri del corpo, riducendosi a custodire tutto quanto abbia per lui valore nello spazio esiguo della sua scatola cranica. Poi, il 22 aprile 1977, incontra a una festa la giovane ed effervescente Ann Mears e da quel momento dà inizio ai suoi «giorni di miele». Dapprima si incontrano clandestinamente e di lei ama la spontaneità, la franchezza, quel modo incantevole e disinibito di parlare di sé e del suo passato; insomma, tutt'altro rispetto a ciò a cui lo ha abituato la moglie, la detestabile Barbara, dalla quale si separa molto presto. Graham e Ann convolano a nozze e la loro «vacanza» sembrerebbe destinata a durare tutta una vita. Senonché, Graham si ritrova in un cinema di periferia con la figlia Alice a vedere una pellicola in cui Ann recita il ruolo imbarazzante di sgualdrinella del gangster. È in quel preciso istante che il dubbio si insinua e il suo amore, che vorrebbe esclusivo, è inquinato dal rimpianto di non essere il primo, dall'ansia lacerante di scoprire chi e quanti lo hanno preceduto. Perché la sua gelosia, una lente che ingrandisce e distorce, non ha nulla a che fare con lo stato presente, e Graham, da storico rigoroso qual è, applica un metodo di ricerca infallibile, un'indagine tanto scrupolosa quanto ossessiva, al punto da non saper più distinguere la vita vera dalla vita di celluloide, i fatti quotidiani dagli incubi notturni.

Julian Barnes - Death
When ​it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all. Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes - Levels ​of Life
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 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.

Julian Barnes - Keeping ​an Eye Open
'Flaubert ​believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.' Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays , chiefly about French artists, for a variety of journals and magazines. Gathering them for this book, he realised that he had unwittingly been retracing the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism.(dust Jacket)

Julian Barnes - Niveluri ​de viaţă
În ​„Niveluri de viaţă“ descoperim personaje care se plimbă cu balonul şi de acolo privesc lumea, oameni care fac fotografii, iubesc şi suferă. Ne aşteaptă o carte despre cum e „să pui laolaltă“ două lucruri, doi oameni, şi apoi totul să se ducă de râpă.

Julian Barnes - The ​Noise of Time
In ​May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return. So begins Julian Barnes’s first novel since his Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending. A story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage, it is the work of a true master.

Julian Barnes - Unbefugtes ​Betreten
Ob ​der frisch geschiedene Immobilienmakler Vernon nicht akzeptieren kann, dass seine Freundin ein Geheimnis hat, das sie nicht preisgeben möchte, ob Phil und Joanna über Sex, Krebs, die Wirtschaft oder Orangenmarmelade diskutieren, ob die Schriftstellerinnen Jane und Alice vor allem Eifersucht füreinander empfinden oder ein Garten Auslöser für eine Ehekrise wird – Julian Barnes legt die menschlichen Stärken und Schwächen, den Rhythmus, den das Leben hat, mit feinem Humor und einem klaren Blick für die alltäglichen Niederlagen und Siege bloß.Nach dem riesigen Erfolg von »Vom Ende einer Geschichte« beweist der Booker-Preisträger Julian Barnes einmal mehr, warum er einer der wichtigsten zeitgenössischen Autoren ist und von Kritik wie Leserschaft gleichermaßen verehrt wird.

Julian Barnes - The ​Only Story
Would ​you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.

Julian Barnes - Un ​homme dans sa cuisine
Autrefois, ​dans la famille Barnes, jamais un homme ne se serait risqué devant un fourneau. La cuisine, c'était une affaire réservée aux femmes... Mais quand Julian est parti vivre à Londres, il a dû s'y mettre et on peut dire désormais que ses progrès ont été spectaculaires, sinon rapides... Un des plus célèbres écrivains anglais d'aujourd'hui va nous livrer ici le désopilant récit de ses trouvailles (parfois curieuses, voir le saumon aux raisins secs), de ses échecs (souvent savoureux, voir pourquoi il a raté le lièvre à la sauce au chocolat) et de ses coups de gueule (ah, ces livres de cuisine tous aussi imprécis les uns que les autres !). Celui qui se définit comme un « obsessionnel anxieux » nous fait partager ses angoisses et bien sûr ses enthousiasmes – en nous livrant au passage de bien délicieux secrets.

Julian Barnes - A ​világ története 10 és 1/2 fejezetben
Nagy ​műveltséggel, szellemesen és ironikusan értelmezi (át) vagy transzponálja történelmünk néhány kulcsepizódját, a vízözöntől – Jónás és a cethal kalandján, a középkor "vallási viszálykodásai"-n, a Medúza, majd a Titanic hajótörésén, a menekülő zsidókkal tengeri kálváriát járó St.Luis történetén, illetve a legújabb kori történelem olyan aktualitásain át, mint a terrorizmus, a csernobili atomkatasztrófa, vagy a holdra szállás - egészen a túlvilágig.

Julian Barnes - Arthur ​& George
Arthur ​and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George remains in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. George Edjali's father is Indian, his mother Scottish. When the family begins to receive vicious anonymous letters, many about their son, they put it down to racial prejudice. They appeal to the police, to no less than the Chief Constable, but to their dismay he appears to suspect George of being the letters' author. Then someone starts slashing horses and livestock. Again the police seem to suspect the shy, aloof Birmingham solicitor. He is arrested and, on the flimsiest evidence, sent to trial, found guilty and sentenced to seven years' hard labour. Arthur Conan Doyle, famous as the creator of the world's greatest detective, is mourning his first wife (having been chastely in love for ten years with the woman who was to become his second) when he hears about the Edjali case. Incensed at this obvious miscarriage of justice, he is galvanised into trying to clear George's name. With a mixture of detailed research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings to life not just this long-forgotten case, but the inner lives of these two very different men. The reader sees them both with stunning clarity, and almost inhabits them as they face the vicissitudes of their lives, whether in the dock hearing a verdict of guilty, or trying to live an honourable life while desperately in love with another woman. This is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes, a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race; about what we think, what we believe, and what we know. Julian Barnes has long been recognised as one of Britain's most remarkable writers. While those already familiar with his work will enjoy its elegance, its wit, its profound wisdom about the human condition, Arthur and George will surely find him an entirely new audience.

Julian Barnes - Anglia, ​Anglia
A ​multimilliárdos Sir Jack Pitman - akinek már mindene megvan az égvilágon - élete betetőzéseként egy egész ország tulajdonosa akar lenni. E célra kiszemel egy szigetet, ahová Angliát óhajtja áttelepíteni kicsiben: a Buckingham-palotát, az emeletes buszokat, a bobbykat, Robin Hoodot és a sherwoodi erdőt, egyszóval mindent, ami ANGLIA. A fiatal Martha csatlakozik Sir Jack tervezőcsapatához, és bár vannak kételyei, a busás fizetésért részt vesz a munkában. Időközben azonban fény derül Sir Jack egy sötét titkára, így Martha és szövetségesei átveszik a hatalmat a sziget felett. Sir Jack természetesen csak a bosszúra vár... A Dumáljuk meg rendesen és a Szerelem meg miegymás itthon is népszerű szerzőjének sziporkázóan szellemes és nevettető regénye gúnyos korrajz egy olyan világról, ahol minden eladó, és ahol semmi sem az, aminek látszik.

Julian Barnes - The ​Pedant in the Kitchen
The ​Pedant's ambition is simple. He wants to cook tasty, nutritious food; he wants not to poison his friends; and he wants to expand, slowly and with pleasure, his culinary repertoire. A stern critic of himself and others, he knows he is never going to invent his own recipes (although he might, in a burst of enthusiasm, occasionally increase the quantity of a favourite ingredient). Rather, he is a recipe-bound follower of the instructions of others. It is in his interrogations of these recipes, and of those who create them, that the Pedant's true pedantry emerges. How big, exactly, is a 'lump'? Is a 'slug' larger than a 'gout'? When does a 'drizzle' become a downpour? And what is the difference between slicing and chopping? This book is a witty and practical account of Julian Barnes' search for gastronomic precision. It is a quest that leaves him seduced by Jane Grigson, infuriated by Nigel Slater; charmed by the recipes of Edouard de Pomiane; and reassured by Mrs Beeton's Victorian virtues. The Pedant in the Kitchen is a perfect comfort for anyone who has ever been defeated by a cookbook.

Julian Barnes - A ​History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
A ​stowaway aboard Noah's Ark gives us his account of the Voyage - a surprising, subversive one, quite unlike the official version - which explains a lot about how the human race has subsequently developed. A guest lecturer on a cruise ship in the Aegean has his work interrupted by a group of mysterious visitors who place him in a cruel dilemma. An ecclesiastical court in medieval France hears a bizarre case ...Barnes creates a kaleidoscope of narrative voices - from fiction and fact, painting and snatches of autobiography - that comes slowly and compellingly into focus. 'You will want to read it again and again, and why not? There's nothing around to touch it' - Anne Smith, "Literary Review." 'There is more moral and intellectual fodder, and more jokes, here than you will read in a month of Sundays ...storytelling and teaching which captivate, liberate, and above all, enchant' - "Financial Times." 'Funny, ironic, erudite, surprising, and not afraid to take a dive overboard into the depths of sorrow and loss. My novel of the year' - Nadine Gordimer.

Julian Barnes - Nothing ​to be Frightened of
'I ​don’t believe in God, but I miss him.’ Julian Barnes’ new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that ‘this is not my autobiography’, the result is like a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

Julian Barnes - Metroland
Paris, ​spring 1968. Christopher is fully occupied revelling in first lust. Just a short Métro ride away from _les événements_ as Toni never ceases to remind him. The adolescent Christopher and his soulmate Toni had sneered at the stifling ennui of Metroland, their cosy patch of suburbia on the Metropolitan line. They had longed for Life to begin - meaning Sex and Freedom - to travel and choose their own clothes. Then Chris, at thirty, starts to settle comfortably into bourgeois contentment himself. Luckily, Toni is still around to challenge such backsliding.

Julian Barnes - England, ​England
As ​every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of White. Grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. He constructs on the island 'The Project', a vast heritage centre containing everything 'English', from Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the white Cliffs of Dover. The project is monstrous, risky, and vastly successful. In fact, it gradually begins to rival 'Old' England and even threatens to supersede it... One of Barnes' finest and funniest novels, "England, England" calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs. fiction, reality vs. art, nationhood, myth-making, and self-exploration.

Julian Barnes - Before ​She Met Me
At ​the start of this fiendishly comic and suspenseful novel, a mild-mannered English academic chuckles as he watches his wife commit adultery. The action takes place before she met him. But lines between film and reality, past and present become terrifyingly blurred in this sad and funny tour de force from the author of Flaubert's Parrot.

Julian Barnes - Dumáljuk ​meg rendesen
Stuart, ​Oliver és Gillian. Két gyermekkori jóbarát és a Nő, akit mindketten szeretnek. Dumáljuk meg rendesen! Három huszonéves fiatal beszél közvetlenül az olvasóhoz. Fülünkbe súgja titkait, és érvel igazáért. Julian Barnes, a kortárs angol irodalom egyik legnagyobb alakja, számos irodalmi díj kitüntetettje a modern párkapcsolatok legbelső világát tárja elénk. A különleges szerelmi háromszöget bemutató regény humoros, intelligens és megindító alkotás, mely huszonhat országban lett bestseller. STUART Most van. Ma. A múlt hónapban házasodtunk össze. Szeretem Gilliant. Boldog vagyok, igenis boldog vagyok. Végre nekem is összejött. Most van a most. GILLIAN Férjhez mentem. A lelkem egyik része sose hitte, hogy ez megtörténik, egy másik része helytelenítette, egy harmadik része pedig, az igazat megvallva, egy kicsit megijedt. De szerelmes lettem, és Stuart rendes ember, kedves ember, és szeret. Most már férjnél vagyok. OLIVER A fene egye meg! A fészkes fene essen belé! Szerelmes vagyok Gillienbe, csak most fogtam fel. Szerelmes vagyok Gillienbe. Odavagyok, le vagyok nyűgözve, be vagyok tojva, sőt be vagyok szarva. A nyúltagyam is lefagy. Most mi lesz?...

Julian Barnes - Pulse
The ​stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark.

Julian Barnes - A ​napba nézve
A ​kortárs angol irodalom nemzetközileg is elismert vezető alakja, számtalan rangos angol, amerikai, német és francia irodalmi díj birtokosa 1984-ben a Flaubert papagája című rafinált esszéregénnyel tört be az angol irodalomba. Öt évvel később, A világ története 10 és 1/2 fejezetben című művében már kivételes történelmi, művészettörténeti tudását csillogtatta meg. S a kettő között, 1986-ban jelent meg az emberiség végső kérdéseit feszegető regénye, A napba nézve. Egy berepülő pilóta 1941-ben, a La Manche fölött repülve, meglátja a napfelkeltét, majd leereszkedik tízezer láb magasságig, s legnagyobb ámulatára újra megcsodálhatja a felkelő napot. Ezzel a különleges élménnyel kezdődik a könyv, melynek hősnője Jean Serjeant, egyszerű, hétköznapi asszony, korántsem egyszerű és hétköznapi gondolatokkal. A könyvben végigkísérjük örömtelen házasságán, majd megosztjuk vele az anyaság terén és Kínában szerzett élményeit. Megismerjük az élet és halál, a hit és bátorság kérdéseire adott - sokszor bizonytalan - válaszait, melyeket közel száz esztendő élettapasztalatának és életbölcsességének birtokában érlelt ki. Az eredmény egy vérbeli, szellemes és nemesen mulatságos angol regény.

Julian Barnes - The ​Porcupine
In ​his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed Party leader, is placed on trial for crimes that range from corruption to political murder. Petkanov's guilt -- and the righteousness of his opponents -- would seem to be self-evident. But, as brilliantly imagined by Barnes, the trial of this cunning and unrepentant dictator illuminates the shadowy frontier between the rusted myths of the Communist past and a capitalist future in which everything is up for grabs.

Julian Barnes - Talking ​it Over
The ​ostentatious Oliver falls in love with quiet Gillian and wants to marry her. The problem? Gillian has already married Oliver's best and oldest friend, the somewhat stale but stable Stuart. Each character takes turns addressing the reader in this bright and funny "he said/she said/he said" novel.

Julian Barnes - Staring ​at the Sun
Jean ​Serjeant, the heroine of Julian Barnes's wonderfully provocative novel, seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. And as Barnes--author of The Porcupine and Talking It Over--follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021, he confronts readers with the fruits of her relentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalog of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the twenty-first century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed).

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