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In his widely acclaimed new collection of stories, Julian Barnes addresses what is perhaps the most poignant aspect of the human condition: growing old.

The characters in The Lemon Table are facing the ends of their lives-some with bitter regret, others with resignation, and others still with defiant rage. Their circumstances are just as varied as their responses. In 19th-century Sweden, three brief conversations provide the basis for a lifetime of longing. In todays England, a retired army major heads into the city for his regimental dinner-and his annual appointment with a professional lady named Babs. Somewhere nearby, a devoted wife calms (or perhaps torments) her ailing husband by reading him recipes.

In stories brimming with life and our desire to hang on to it one way or another, Barnes proves himself by turns wise, funny, clever, and profound-a writer of astonishing powers of empathy and invention.

About the Author

Born in Leicester, England, in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of a previous book of stories, Cross Channel, two collections of essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudets In the Land of Pain, and nine novels. In France, he is the only writer to have won both the Prix M?dicis and the Prix F?mina, and in 2004 he became a Commandeur de lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres; in England his honors include the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He has also received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.

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Alfred Birnbaum, September 25, 2011 (view all comments by Alfred Birnbaum)
A less American collection of stories I can't imagine, nor entirely Brit either. Barnes is perhaps the only living English stylist whose voice encompasses the whole of Europe. Each story presents an entirely foreign yet whole recognizable personality who somehow speaks for specific generation, time and place. Whether set in France, Sweden or the Midlands, the voices ring alarmingly true. All the more so if you have aging parents or relatives who are looking back over their lives, actions and attitudes. I'm almost afraid to lend the book to my dying mother. Honesty is not necessarily the best policy in the end, but artistry redeems.
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Vintage Books
Barnes, Julian
Short stories
Older people
Literature-A to Z
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