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I don't believe in God, but I miss him. So begins Julian Barnes's brilliant new book that is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the writer Jules Renard. Barnes also draws poignant portraits of the last days of his parents, recalled with great detail, affection and exasperation. Other examples he takes up include writers, most of them dead and quite a few of them French, as well as some composers, for good measure.

The grace with which Barnes weaves together all of these threads makes the experience of reading the book nothing less than exhilarating. Although he cautions us that this is not my autobiography, the book nonetheless reveals much about Barnes the man and the novelist: how he thinks and how he writes and how he lives. At once deadly serious and dazzlingly playful, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a wise, funny and constantly surprising tour of the human condition.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of ten novels, two books of stories, two collections of essays, and a translation of Alphonse Daudets In the Land of Pain. His honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres by the French ministry of Culture. He lives in London.

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Marianne Aldrich, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Marianne Aldrich)
This book is the sharpest and hence most affecting memoir I have read in a dog's age. Also, it is very bookish.
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Noreen, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Noreen)
Barnes always creates compelling characters and story, and has a pungent sense of irony, but this work enters new territory as both a revealing memoir and moving meditation on death and what constitutes the "spiritual," as well as what it is to be human.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307389985
Author:
Barnes, Julian
Publisher:
Vintage International
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Fear of death.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
memoir;death;philosophy;non-fiction;autobiography;religion;biography;mortality;fiction;essays;atheism;essay;literature;english;england
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.24x4.92x.76 in. .56 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

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