Metroland by Julian Barnes
(Vintage International)

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Only the author of Flaubert's Parrot could give us a novel that is at once a note-perfect rendition of the angsts and attitudes of English adolescence, a giddy comedy of sexual awakening in the 1960s, and a portrait of the accommodations that some of us call "growing up" and others "selling out."

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Julian Barnes's 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 l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.
Published June 15, 2011 by Vintage. 178 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength.

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And his friendship with Toni undergoes some vexing moments, since Toni has relinquished none of their once-shared adolescent rage against the ''fat cats'' and powers that be.

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