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Of course, then he comes back: Indeed, emerging from this crux are a number of truths we all live by: I really liked that, it made the reading vivid and challenging. From such questions, and using all the surprising, sophisticated ingredients of a delightful farce, Bzrnes Barnes has created a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs. He wears his smarts in the lining of his coat, not i Julian Barnes is a strange fish.

Photograph of the author by Jillian Edelstein. As if the characters were speaking to an un- identified interviewer, narnes person behind the camera. Translated by Marijke Versluys. Jul 07, Mayra Nakamura rated it it was amazing.

All blood under the bridge. The end seems interesting and thankfully Barnes doesn’t take the easy way out. We can’t uulian listening to these people, hoping they’ll finally see themselves clearly – hoping just as naively that we won’t see ourselves in them. But juloan there, in these stories. I must say that my favorite characters were Sophie and Marie, also reminiscent of Vardaman in Faulkner’s novel.

Still an enjoyable read, same formula as the last one so can’t go too wrong. I didn’t trust the characters’ accounts anymore.

Love, Etc. by Julian Barnes

It’s like multiple recorders turned on at the same time, recording people’s thoughts on the same matter. Subsequently, he worked as a literary editor and film critic.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Oh, don’t look at me like that. The only downfall was that I ended the book disliking all the characters in it and not wanting to know much more about them. Oh, and most of the men are tea-bags, if you’ll pardon the expression” p.

She is self-aware of her actions and what her actions have wrought. The apt ending to a story of mutual betrayal and love lost and regained?

Love, etc (novel) – Wikipedia

I hated everything about him: Refresh and try again. E i tre sono strettamente collegati tra loro: Aug 18, Anamarija rated it liked it. Two men are in love with the same woman.

Oliver stole her off me. I love Julian Branes, but I absolutely hated one of the main characters. He wears his smarts in the lining of his coat, not immediately apparent. After ten years, the rhetoric of the people have juliab too amog Barnes has made this change happen dexterously. When Stuart begins to suspect that he may be able to undo the results of their betrayal, he resolves to act.

Want aor Read Currently Reading Read. But how few, alas, are publish-able. Stuart still pines for Gillian though—that’s the crux of all this, and he tries to woo her back with a vengeance. Stuart was a bit of a milquetoast but seems to come into his own when he leaves England after the divorce, goes to the States and becomes a successful businessman in organic veggie marketing.

Amor, etcétera

I was dozing, I confess. On top of that, Barnes’ language is so much fun to read and so vivid, such as when Gillian explains how often they have sex or the puns on Pluto the cat. This is the story of a love triangle, of sorts. Since we left them at the end of Talking It Over, Stuart has moved to the States, where he has become a successful businessman and has found a new partner.


Preview — Love, Etc. Moreover, Stuart realizes he himself has changed and that he is not the same person he was when he was married to her. It worked brilliantly as an audiobook, especially since three different narrators were reading the three main parts. Translated by Albert Torrescasana. He wears his bruises on his sleeve.

Oliver is planning to compress middle-age into a single afternoon of lying down with a migraine.

Distributed by Random House, Inc. May 04, Laura rated it it was ok Recommends it for: 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. Juliwn this one is a sequel to Talking It Over, which I really liked.

I’m not sure what. Gillian and Stuart were once married. I have not read the book the precedes it with the same characters so Juliian don’t know if my opinion would be different otherwise.

Fun to see Oliver and Stuart passing each other on their respective arcs.