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The amkr itself couldn’t be better because this novel is mostly about love and relationships and other things, that come under the umbrella of etc. Occasionally, especially when the principal actors mention them, minor characters appear to have their often substantial say.

Gillian is the most interesting character for me. Love, etc is a novel by Julian Barnes published inalthough it is also the title of a French film based on his earlier novel Talking it Over. The more commonly distributed uncorrected proof features a paper cover that reproduces the colors and layout of the final hardback edition.

Gillian and Stuart were once married. View all 5 comments.

Amor, etcétera

I hope there is a third book and I can’t wait to see what the characters are going to do next. On the framework of a French sex julkan, Barnes conducts a brutally frank examination of these three flawed characters.

Maybe took a little longer to get into the characters as a result – but it’s a standalone book. This is ectetera rotating love triangle with razor-sharp points. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat I’m really going to have to check these things out.

I don’t program my reading. Jan 24, Erin rated it really liked it. Unfortunately, I loathed Oliver to the point that I started skipping over his sections. Barnes lets all his characters speak directly to you, the reader. There is further character development as we carry on with the same narrative structure, though they do get to sort of interact with each other along with the interviewer, shaking up the dynamics a bit.


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. Indeed, emerging from this crux are a number of truths we all live by: He wears his smarts in the lining of his coat, not immediately apparent. Dust jacket in cream with white flaps. This article about a s novel is a stub.

May 09, Philip rated it it was amazing. 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.

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I have not read the book the precedes it with the same characters so I don’t know if my opinion would be different etcetdra. Dutch – Liefde, enz.

Love, etc is a brilliant book, brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed with a lightness of touch that leaves us wholly surprised when we encounter a fundamentally serious point.

From such questions, and using all the surprising, sophisticated ingredients of a delightful farce, Julian Barnes has created a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs. Isn’t that a terrible paradox? And now, the surprise: Is Stuart still in love with Gillian. Apr 09, Ron Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. efcetera

Two men are in love with the same woman. Since then, Gillian has been more or less happily married to Oliver and raising their two little girls. This book is a gem.

So I guess the real value was seeing Barnes could pull off this first person carousel rather than the story line its self. Knopf edition in the U. He just leaves it hanging. O narcoleptic and steatopygous Stuart, he of the crepuscular understanding and the Weltanschauung ampr of Lego.


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The overall confessional tone of the abrnes questions the brittle reliability of the characters that share their experiences and points of view. The story is told in 1st person narration by the characters, mostly Stuart, Gillian and Oliver.

Julian Barnes at his best! Translated by Claus Bech. The plot is obvious: Kelly, The International Journal of the Humanities 9. In fact, if you want to divide people up in the matter of love, I’d suggest doing it this way: Open Preview See a Problem? So this is a sequel to Talking It Overone I didn’t realise existed until I went looking for something in the parents’ bookshelves again.

We learn about all this from statements all three main characters and some side characters direct to the reader – statements that differ very much in style, and that are at Stylistically brilliant, as always, Barnes nonetheless delivers, for me, an uneven and in the end uncomfortable book. Isn’t that a terrible truth?

Things do get sort of unreal for some parts in the book, especially when you compare it to the first part as some events seem incredulous, but can very well be believed. Reading the book, hearing these characters speak their thoughts, I knew them.

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