Talking It Over by Julian Barnes

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In this powerfully affecting Flaubert's Parrot gives readers a brilliant take on the deceptions that make up the quivering substrata of erotic love. "An interplay of serious thought and dazzling wit. . . . It's moving, it's funny, it's frightening . . . fiction at its best."--New York Times Book Review.


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About Julian Barnes

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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. www.julianbarnes.com
 
Published June 15, 2011 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He tells her so too--and the declared passion (though Oliver keeps away from her physically, a scruple) in quick succession works on stolid Gillian like an earthquake.

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Publishers Weekly

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The members of a love triangle take turns narrating this ingenious novel from British author Barnes, whose earlier works Metroland and Before She Left Me will also be released in Vintage International

Oct 26 1992 | Read Full Review of Talking It Over

The New York Times

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''Love, Etc.,'' Barnes's ninth novel, is the sad and antic continuation of ''Talking It Over,'' his 1991 presentation of the ups and downs of two youngish friends, Oliver and Stuart, and Gillian, the woman they both love.

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The Guardian

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But Oliver, a gobby, self-fancied aesthete, mocks his steady old mucker Stu, who likes country music and has just married sensible Gillian.

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Publishers Weekly

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The members of a love triangle take turns narrating this ingenious novel from British author Barnes, whose earlier works Metroland and Before She Left Me will also be released in Vintage International editions this October.

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Entertainment Weekly

Barnes clearly means to get by on charm, to dazzle readers with a chorus of disparate voices, but as Stuart says of Oliver, ''He's clever...but not clever enough to see that you have to be more than clever.'' C+ Originally posted Oct 18, 1991 Published in issue #88 Oct 18, 1991 Order articl...

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Los Angeles Times

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Stuart remembers the summer as perfection, Gillian complains that Oliver was unnecessary and in the way and what Oliver remembers is: "I was brilliant."

Oct 17 1991 | Read Full Review of Talking It Over

London Review of Books

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The Paris Review

For the real action at this year’s Man Booker Prize, you had to hit the cloakroom.

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