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Read Talking It Over ePub ✓ Paperback ñ Talking It Over is the story of three Londoners one woman two men all near the age of thirty give or take a few years who despite their basic differences Gillian is reserved Stuart is a bit pedantic Oliver leans toward flamboyance mark the three corners of an orderly triangle Gillian and Stuart hav's time to talk it all over Because although they'd all agree that the orderliness of their lives has suddenly mutated into chaos the alarming fluctuations of love being the chief culprit that's about all they'd agree on One bit of information and people are immediately off into their theories says Stuart a bit pedantically And each of them is determined to be heardWhat we hear are three wonderfully realized voices telling three wildly different versions of one story presenting the protean facts of disintegrating and escalating affections layi My Julian Barnes bingeing continues and it's still as satisfying as the first bitebookWhat a nice surprise to come across some old friends the threesome made up of Gillian Stuart and Oliver whom I first met in Love etc which I listened to a couple of weeks ago Even better this book was beautifully narrated by the same extraordinary actors Steven Pacey Alex Jennings Clare Higgins You see when I reuested this audiobook I had no idea what it was aboutDespite the fact that the characters and the plot were very familiar I still enjoyed listening to the three of them bickering interacting reminiscing and having their different takes on what had happened This novel focuses on the beginning of Gillian's relationship with Stuart followed by their divorce so that Gillian could marry Oliver Stuart's best friendAgain the narration is absolutely divine as the three characters are talking directly to us in some ways pleading their case I liked Gillian despite the fact that she'd left the reliable nice guy albeit a bit boring Stuart for the good looking charmer with no substance or work ethic Oliver Julian Barnes is a great observer of people His intelligence and erudition are than apparent His command of the English language is astonishing I feel smarter just by paying attention to his words Being entertained and touched by his books is just a bonus Again I take a bow

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Talking It Over is the story of three Londoners one woman two men all near the age of thirty give or take a few years who despite their basic differences Gillian is reserved Stuart is a bit pedantic Oliver leans toward flamboyance mark the three corners of an orderly triangle Gillian and Stuart have just been married Stuart and Oliver are longtime friends Oliver and Gillian get along fine Straightforward and simple Everyone in their places getting along going alongUntil everything goes wrongWhen it does Gillian Stuart and Oliver decide that it The problem is that one third of this novel is spoken by Oliver who talks like the cheese shop customer in the Monty Python sketch I was sitting in the public library on Thurmon Street just now skimming through Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole and I suddenly came over all peckish And I thought to myself a little fermented curd will do the trick so I curtailed my Walpoling activites sallied forth and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles And this is Julian Barnes' Oliver Things were just a touch grim at the Shakespeare Schoolbefore it occluded its portals for the vacation A certaincrepuscularity of spirit had sauntered in courtesy of a mis understanding which I hadn't bothered to trouble the prancingSuire and his Milady with Oliver is so extraordinarily grating that it's hard to imagine anyone volunteering to be in the same room with him never mind being his friend never mind wanting to shag him He talks like a caricature of a highly strung gay man from the 1960s Incessantly I couldn't believe in the central friendship between him and dull banker Stuart and I couldn't believe that the charming but also fairly dull Gillian would want to bother with either and when we get to her so very metaphorical day job of picture restoration with its essential reversability I think that this book is actually a cartoon which is trying to grow up to become a novel but can'tuitemake it

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Talking It OverNg blame taking blame talking about themselves about each other across each other behind each other's backs all in an attempt to get at the endlessly elusive truth And what they reveal is the sometimes hilarious sometimes heartrending process of selective memory that deeply colors the or less fine art of eyewitnessingOnce again the brilliant author of Flaubert's Parrot Staring at the Sun and A History of the World in 10 and 12 Chapters gives us a dazzling work of imagination witty wry playful and in the end honed to a razor sharp emotional edg Talking it Over is one of the best works of Julian BarnesTold in 3 perspectives of the protagonists I was baffled perplexed and confused as to where my alliances lie Whose side I was rooting for? Who was the hero for me and who was the victim?This love triangle story was uniue and highly amusingI just realized that it has a second installment That sounds like funRecommended to Julian Barnes fans