Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Julian Barnes continues to reinvigorate the novel with his pyrotechnic verbal skill and playful manipulation...more
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 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 Stuart 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 perspective. less
Barnes penchant for exploring structural possibilities is often more significant that the actual story he tries to tell. The narrative structure, with the characters taking turns in the first person is interesting but the story itself is nothing compelling. It does not measure up to his better work such as History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.
Loved Julian Barnes's other books (e.g. history of world in 10 1/2 chapters) - this one dragged on quite a bit and found myself skipping pages, but was interesting enough that i did finish it. So-so would be my rating ...
Valeeeeeee! Soy un pesao! pero me encanta... segundas partes nunca fueron buenas? quien dijo esa imbecilidad no se habÃa leÃdo a Barnes! SÃ³lo una cosa, tiene grandes ideas, pero en su ejecuciÃ³n mÃ¡s que un novelista parece un cuenta cuentos.