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Love Etcby Julian Barnes
Synopses & Reviews
In Talking It Over, stolid and conventional Stuart was best friends with charming and glamorous Oliver. Veering wildly between them was Gillian, the enigmatic beauty who married Stuart and then promptly fell in love with Oliver. In Love, etc Barnes returns to the lives of these unreliable "eyewitnesses." And as in Talking It Over, he allows each character to talk directly to the reader, offering arguments for their version of the truth.
Ten years later, Gillian and Oliver are married with two children. Gillian is successful (she runs a thriving art restoration business); Oliver is not. The family lives in a ramshackle neighbourhood of London. Stuart, recently returned from the US, is wealthy, divorced (again) and the successful owner of a chain of organic grocery stores. On the surface he appears to have only a benign interest in the fate of Oliver and Gillian. But it becomes all too clear that while marriages may dissolve, memories of betrayal do not.Love, etc is a compelling exploration of a contemporary romantic triangle, depicted with Barnes's inimitable intelligence.
"Barnes concocts a mordant sexual comedy." Publishers Weekly
"Barnes's delicate balance between laughter and despair lifts his entertainment into art." The Times (London)
"Love, etc. is a bracing meditation on memory and forgiveness and, most important, on the simultaneously primitive and sophisticated, self-serving, and self-revealing ways in which we tell the stories of our lives." Elle Magazine
"Conversely cynical and optimistic about romance, Barnes gives yet another dazzling literary performance." Book Magazine
"The lilting and witty dialog knit into a compelling tale that is highly recommended." Library Journal
About the Author
Julian Barnes is the author of eight novels, including A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters and England, England, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize. He is also the author of a short-story collection, Cross Channel. Barnes lives in London, England.
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