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An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Daily Candy Best Book of the Year

Julian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss—making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief.

 

Levels of Life is a book about ballooning, photography, love and loss; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded Barnes the 2011 Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart.” This book confirms that opinion.

 

“Spare and beautiful...a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief.  To read it is a privilege.  To have written it is astonishing.” —Ruth Scurr, The Times of London

“A remarkable narrative that is as raw in its emotion as it is characteristically elegant in its execution.”  —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

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Synopsis:

An NPR Best Book of the Year

In this elegant triptych of history, fiction, and memoir, Julian Barnes has written about ballooning and photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and tearing them apart; and enduring after the incomprehensible loss of a loved one. Powerfully rendered, exquisitely crafted in Barnes’s erudite style, this searing work confirms the author as an unparalleled magus of the heart.

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About the Author

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester and moved to London in 1946. He is the author of twenty books, and in 2011 won the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending. He met Pat Kavanagh in 1978.

 

Pat Kavanagh was born in South Africa and moved to London in 1964. She worked in advertising and then, for forty years, as a literary agent. She married Julian Barnes in 1979, and died in 2008. 

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Teresa C. Mueller, July 23, 2014 (view all comments by Teresa C. Mueller)
After reading this book, I feel differently about Barnes, a favorite writer of mine, valued for his humor and quirkiness. As nonfiction with elements of autobiography and fictionalized history, Levels of Life combines a scattershot account of balloon flight and the affairs of balloon aficionados, some history and philosophy of photography, and Barnes' own grief, anger and sense of loss upon his wife's death to cancer in 2008. While I can relate to his anguish, the violence of his expressions of disgust at friends' awkward condolences turned me away. The writer is a hard hard person, but one who loved deeply and well, and feels a permanent, eternal loss. Perhaps it represents a cautionary tale in the literary world of grief and grieving, as it serves as a manual for behavior to avoid!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345806581
Author:
Barnes, Julian
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
memoir;grief;fiction;literature;love;photography;ballooning;england
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 0.44 in 0.33 lb

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"Synopsis" by , An NPR Best Book of the Year

In this elegant triptych of history, fiction, and memoir, Julian Barnes has written about ballooning and photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and tearing them apart; and enduring after the incomprehensible loss of a loved one. Powerfully rendered, exquisitely crafted in Barnes’s erudite style, this searing work confirms the author as an unparalleled magus of the heart.

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