MOBI ´ ☆ Julian Barnes
MOBI ´ ☆ Julian Barnes 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 In Love etc he uses all the surprising sophisticated ingredients of a delightful farce to create a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs After spending a decade in America as a successful Stuart and Oliver were good friends in London; emphasis on the past tense Stuart fell in love with a woman Gillian and got married But after three years Oliver ‘stole her away from Stuart’ Stuart went to the United States where he made a bit of money first in restaurants and then in organic food shops Stuart re married and divorced and now ten years after his first divorce he has decided to move back to England set up business there and look up his first wife Gillian and Oliver have a child now but Stuart feels he is still in love with Gillian – in fact he has even stalked her once learning that they were vacationing in Italy he booked a hotel across the street to spy on themStuart and Oliver have very opposite personalities Stuart is a go getter as shown by his business success but Oliver is dreamy; an artist always looking for someone to ‘support’ his art projects He’s impractical can’t really hold a job and dysfunctional in day to day life He has had bouts of depression that have incapacitated him Gillian barely supports the family by working as a restorer of paintings Enter Stuart With his desire to get Jillian back and with his money he ‘inserts’ himself into their life He gives them a good deal on the lease on his old large house yes the one he used to live in with Gillian He hires Oliver to pick up and deliver organic food Stuart hangs out at Oliver’s and Gillian’s house daily He becomes best friends with their little girl and starts dating Gillian’s office assistant He even visits with his former mother in law Oliver secretly hates Stuart barely functions in his delivery job and goes into depression mode Stuart forces himself on Gillian Was it a rape? The book is structured as a collection of passages monologues really from all parties written in the first person So we see incidents and attitudes in totally different perspectives And we hear not only from the three main characters but from Stuart’s ex in the USA Gillian’s assistant Gillian’s mother and others Most notably Oliver come across as a pompous ass using flatulent made up language For example early on he says of Stuart “he likes naff songs which actually predate him I mean it’s one thing to be hung up on cheap music synchronous with the primal engorgement of your own libidinous organs be it Randi Newman or Luigi Nono But to be hung up on the sunlounger singalongeries of a previous generation – that’s so very so touchingly Stuart don’t you find?” You wonder how Gillian could have fallen in love with Oliver and how she could have fallen for two so very different men in the first place Some passages that I liked that also illustrate Barnes’ strong writing“In short it was one of those scenes common to all marriages where things are half talked about and then a decision is made based on all the other things you haven’t talked about” “every relationship contains within it the ghosts or the shadows of all the other relationships it isn’t All the abandoned alternatives the forgotten choices the lives you could have led but didn’t and haven’t”“He is saying perhaps also that love is dramatic and hot and burning and noisy while marriage is like a warm fog which stings your eyes and makes it impossible for you to see”“Life is a process during which your weakest places are inevitably discovered It is also a process during which you are punished for your earlier actions and desires Not punished justly oh no – that is part of what I meant by not believing in the gods – simply punished like that Punished anarchically if you like” So where is all this going? At times it’s as the blurb says “a delightful farce to create a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs” A good story that kept my attention all the way through Top photo Newham in East London from iguimcoukPhoto of the author from inewscouk
MOBI Love, etc.
FREE PDF È BOOK Love, etc. æ 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 In Love etc he uses all the surprising sophisticated ingredients of a delightful farce to create a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs After spending a Businessman Stuart returns to London and decides to look up his ex wife Gillian Their relationship had ended years before when Stuart’s witty feckless former best friend Oliver stole her away But now Stuart finds that the intervening years have left Oliver’s artistic ambitions in ruins and his relationship with Gillian on less than solid footing When Stua Julian Barnes at his bestThere can't be a seuel better than this oneNobody knew for 10 years that Stuart Gillian and Oliver's journey is not over in Talking It OverIf you want to see how twisted minds can take shape of a fantastic story you've got these
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Love etc Rt begins 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 is an unsettling examination of confessional culture and a profound refection on the power of perspecti Julian Barnes is a strange fish Kind of straddling both serious novels and escapism He's like an extremely capable and intellectual novelist who's decided to write very accessibly just because it's fun that way I like his sense of humourBut it's there in these stories Deepness darkness complexity He still seems to write with the assumption that every normal reader has a smattering of French and a good understanding of Greek mythology He wears his smarts in the lining of his coat not immediately apparentSo this is a seuel to Talking It Over one I didn't realise existed until I went looking for something in the parents' bookshelves again It seemed superfluous but I got into it I still can't help picturing everyone as the characters from Peep ShowGillian was the character who bothered me most The one exuding the aura of reasonableness and innocence while just manipulating all over the place The guys seem so emotionally clueless they couldn't plan a mean thought and she just allows things to happen all the while telling us about Love like it was a get out of jail free cardFun to see Oliver and Stuart passing each other on their respective arcs Brings the overall story even closer to Martin Amis' Success though