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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224094157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224094153
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (808 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extremely moving, a precise book about the imprecision of memory and how it constructs people, stories and histories." (Alasitair Bruce Guardian)

"Intriguing and engaging." (David Robb Daily Express)

"Packs quite an emotional punch... Julian Barnes unravels the mystery with masterly skill. He springs surprise after surprise without stooping to sensationalism in a crisp, engaging tale" (Max Davidson Daily Mail)

"Written in beautifully cadenced prose, it is a mature writer's reflections on love and marriage... on family and friendship, on work and death" (Time Out)

"There is no catastrophe, simply a dawning awareness of the past, its consequences and its meaning for the present. It is a familiar narrative structure, but in the hands of the master-wordsmith that Barnes has become, the effect is cumulatively overwhelming... A compelling, disturbing and profoundly moving story of human fallibility" (Daniel Johnson Standpoint)

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'A masterpiece.' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Mesmerising ... the concluding scenes grip like a thriller – a whodunit of memory and morality.' (The Independent)

'A very fine book, skilfully plotted, boldly conceived ... Barnes has achieved ... something of universal importance.' (The Observer)

'A precise, poignant portrait of the costs and benefits of time passing, of friendship, of love. A small masterpiece.' (The Times)

'A wonderful story that is all too human and all so real.' (The Irish Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Fast paced, short, very well written. Rather less climactic than I anticipated but I kinda liked that. Not absolutely totally convinced I "got it".
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I have read this novella three times now, with gaps of a few years between each go, most recently before I see the film (and this time I pictured the film's cast as the characters as I read). I still can't quite get a handle on the ending and hope the filmmakers' interpretation will help. It's a compulsive read and I'll probably read it again at some point. I definitely get more out of it each time.
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It is not safe to assume that every Booker prize winning novel will be memorable. That is partly down to personal taste, but several recent winners have been disappointing, and reviewed as such by myself amongst others. The sense of an ending is a fine book, worthy of the prize winning accolade. Barnes turns the story of a few relatively undistinguished middle class teenagers into something memorable. He explores the difficulties of growing up; the first tentative steps of building a relationship, and contrives to make a very ordinary life utterly fascinating. He follows two of the teenagers into mature adulthood.It is the very "ordinariness" of the main character which makes his depiction a triumph.Along the way, he teases the reader with gentle insights into philosophy and depicts the sharp pain of rejection quite superbly. His use of language is a delight and the story unfolds with masterly skill. I suspect,like me, many readers will have decided the ending well in advance. I got it wrong. Often a subtle book of this type struggles to find a satisfactory conclusion, but this one succeeds and even adds the perfect title.
I am delighted to have read this book and will remember certain elements for a very long time.
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Another brilliant novel from Julian Barnes. I hope the film adaptation does it justice!
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Mostly quite readable until the last few pages when the denouement takes place. 'Tony' finally 'gets it' but I, as the reader, don't. I know I am poor at inference in life generally and, in this instance, I need Tony to spell out what he 'got'. As he hasn't, the book fails for me at the last - I've read an interesting story of which the conclusion has been concealed.
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Bought this after hearing about the film it's been made into, sounded intriguing, but I'm afraid I didn't get it, didn't understand what it was all about.
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I don't know what all the fuss is about? A Booker Prize winner or runner up, but why? Ok it deals with unreliable memory, well documented, but in terms of an interesting or gutsy story, well, there isn't one to be honest. I love literature, I appreciate the classics and have little time for badly written novels, but this, however neatly written, has nothing to redeem it in story terms. I kept waiting for a wonderful twist at the end but the one that came was tame and unexplained. What all the fancy professional reviewers see in it defeats me.
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Just didn't grab me from the outset, couldn't care about the characters and finally gave in . I gave 2 stars as it may have got better.
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