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Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Julian Barnes continues to reinvigorate the novel with his pyrotechnic verbal skill and playful manipulation of plot and character.
After spending a decade in America as a successful business Twice shortlisted for the Booker Etceterz, Julian Barnes continues to reinvigorate the novel with his pyrotechnic verbal skill and playful manipulation of plot and character. After spending a decade in America as a successful businessman, Stuart returns to London and decides to look up his ex-wife Gillian. When Stuart etceera to suspect that he may be able to undo the results of their betrayal, he resolves to act. Written as an intimate series of crosscutting monologues that allow each character to whisper their secrets and interpretations directly to the reader, Love, etc.
Paperbackpages. Published June 11th by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Love, Etc. Hi, Can one read this etceetra without reading Talking it Over? Maybe took a little longer to get into the characters as a result – but it’s a standalone book.
See 2 questions about Love, Etc. Lists with This Book. Apr 09, Ron Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cupid was shooting poison darts when he spied the characters in “Love, etc. Tell them about Gillian. I’m trying to etcetrea a book here. Looking more like a script than a novel, this comic tragedy unfolds entirely in dialogue, as a series of soliloquies and private confessions on the oldest subject in the world.
Conveniently, all the parts are labeled, so it’s clear from the start Cupid was shooting poison darts when he spied the characters in “Love, etc. Conveniently, all the parts are labeled, so it’s clear from the start who’s speaking Ten years have passed since we met Gillian, Stuart, and Oliver in “Talking It Over” Vintage. In that ujlian, Gillian switched her affections etceetra Stuart to his best friend, Oliver, with devastating effect. All blood under the bridge.
Amor, etcétera | Love, etc (Editorial Anagrama, 2001; Spanish)
Since then, Gillian has been more or less happily married to Oliver and raising their two little girls. She’s a successful restorer of old paintings, and he’s an unsuccessful film writer, whose pyrotechnic language flickers between wit and lunacy. If Gillian is so good at spotting fakes, what’s she doing with Oliver? The novel opens when Stuart makes a surprise reappearance in London.
He’s returned from a decade in America, divorced again and rich from his organic-food business. Now, he just wants to pop in and catch up with his old friends. Oliver stole her off me. He wanted my life so he took it. He made Gill fall in love with him. The most enjoyable aspect of this initially entertaining and ultimately disturbing novel is the interplay of their various voices – dialogues so carefully pitched that you’ll swear you heard “Love, etc.
I was dozing, I confess.
O narcoleptic and steatopygous Stuart, he of the crepuscular understanding and the Weltanschauung built of Lego. Look, can we please take the longer view? On the framework of a French sex farce, Barnes conducts a brutally frank examination of these three flawed characters. Placed in the role of confessor, we’re drawn into their desires and terrors, their petty attempts at one-upmanship, and their semi-transparent self-justification.
This is a rotating love triangle with razor-sharp points. What you have to understand is that Stuart wants you to like him, needs you to like him, whereas Oliver has a certain difficulty imagining that you won’t. Much has changed in the intervening decade since Gillian jilted her lover and married his best friend, but more striking is what hasn’t. Barnes is at his best when he illustrates what an uncomfortably tight fit old friendship can become.
After all, ill-matched spouses are allowed to divorce, but no such clean break exists for dysfunctional friends. Oliver and Stuart pick up just where they left off, jousting like young rivals. But Stuart is not the insecure dullard he once was, and Oliver’s rapier etccetera, once so flashy and intimidating, now seems irrelevant in the ehcetera world of equity and fatherhood.
Oliver is planning to compress middle-age into a single afternoon of lying down with a migraine. When Stuart offers Gillian and Oliver his old apartment in a nice section of town, Oliver immediately accepts and even takes a job delivering produce for Stuart’s business. Gillian anticipates the awkwardness of this entanglement with her exhusband, but Oliver feels so superior that he fails to see the tables turning.
Real betrayal occurs among friends, among those you love. Despite the armor of his dazzling wit, Oliver turns that sarcastic sword on himself, stabbing his most tender victim. In a typical Barnes move, the comedy drains away before we ecetera escape, and we’re forced to follow the painful ramifications of this situation, particularly as it affects Gillian’s precocious daughter.
Oh, don’t look at me like that. The chaos of desire drives these characters in ways they can’t control or even acknowledge.
Amor, etcétera | Love, etc (Editorial Anagrama, ; Spanish) – Julian Barnes Bibliography
This is irresistible gossip, from a writer of piercing wit and unsettling insight. We can’t help listening to these people, hoping they’ll finally see themselves clearly – hoping just as naively that we won’t see ourselves in them.
The Christian Science Publishing Society There’s Gillian, who appears the most sensible but may well be the most calculating and manipulative. There’s Oliver, who appears the most up but is in fact down. There’s Stuart, who appears the most innocent but is in fact a scheming monster. A few other people are allowed to speak. Gillian’s Mum, her daughter, her colleague. This adds spice to the mix. But it was never bland, even before they popped in.
Barnes makes the voices of Stuart and Oliver so distinc The conversation continues Barnes makes the voices of Stuart and Oliver so distinct in themselves and so wondrously authentic feeling that I find it hard to resist the thought that they may be a slightly exaggerated representation of two extreme poles in his own character: My apologies if that is presumptive, Mr.
I do not mean to deny the ability to invent. Delectable in every way. View all 4 comments.
I loved Love, etc. The title itself couldn’t be better because this novel is mostly about love and relationships and other things, that come under the umbrella of etc. Barnes takes a magnifying glass and points it at love, especially as its manifestation between a man and a woman.
He does this very well through several unreliable narrators, but ultimately, this is the story of a threesome that’s made up of Stuart and Oliver, be Book no. He does this very well through several unreliable narrators, but ultimately, this is the story of a threesome that’s made up of Stuart and Oliver, best friends, and their wife, Gillian. Gillian was married to both of them. Not at the same time. First, she was married to Stuart and then divorced him for Oliver.
Ten years later, Stuart comes back from the USA and gets back in touch with Gillian and Oliver, who now live in a shabby house and have two daughters.
Gillian is an art restorator, and Oliver is I’m not sure what. Stuart is a successful business man. Slowly, he makes himself very useful by becoming their landlord, and eventually Oliver’s employer.
Is Stuart still in love with Gillian. Does he love today’s Gillian or is he just thinking of the person he had fallen in love with all those years back?
This novel had an unusual structure that I don’t remember coming across before. The narrators addressed the reader directly. Incredibly enough, but not surprising given Barnes’ talent, it worked really well. There was a playfulness about it and it had a certain rhythm that kept things interesting and moving along at a fast pace. It worked brilliantly as an audiobook, especially since three different narrators were reading the three main parts.
Each voice was distinctive and contributed in different ways at putting the puzzle together. This was yet another fantabulous, brilliant, enlightening book from Julian Barnes. View all 20 comments.