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Superb Short Stories of Wide Range and Impeccable Style,
This review is from: The Lemon Table (Hardcover)I am writing this little squib to call attention for those of you music-lovers who may read my and others' reviews of classical music CDs to the story 'Vigilance.' It is a hilarious and ultimately unsettling story of a Londoner who has made it his life's work to shame and quiet those people at classical music concerts at the Barbican, Festival Hall and the Royal Albert who cough during performances. One initially sympathizes with his irritation but becomes more and more aware that his bÍte noire has made him just the least little bit unhinged.
One can also add a commendation for what is probably the best story here, praised liberally by press reviewers, 'Knowing French.' Barnes is a superbly informed, superbly polished writer whose works have never one word too many and are very much worth getting to know.