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A brave attempt by the brilliant non-conformist Barnes.,
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This review is from: England England (Paperback)
If you have never read Julian Barnes' work before then this is probably not the book to start with.
Barnes adopts a more 'conventional' novelist's style in this book, though there are a few appearances of more 'Parrot'-like prose. Barnesian analysis of reality, history, knowledge, belief and human emotion continues unabated,though it would seem that for some it gets in the way of 'plot', a typically un-Barnesian vehicle.
If philosophical debate is your thing, then Barnes is your man. If you didn't like this book, then come back to it after dabbling in '10.5 Chapters' and 'Metroland', and it should make more enjoyable reading. If you don't like either of those, pick up a Bill Bryson book and chuckle along with the masses...