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Love, etc. by Julian Barnes

Love, etc. (2000)

by Julian Barnes

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Stick with this one, it may seem a bit weird at first; as if you are dropping in on a conversation among strangers. At first you can't figure out what's happening, or who is who. But eventually it sorts itself out and you discover some very fine dialogue on the the issues of life and relationships. Barnes has a fine ear for the spoken word. I applaud him for trying a different technique to tell a story. ( )
  ArtRodrigues | Jan 9, 2013 |
Very well written, with a toe-curlingly pendantic main character, Stuart, who indirectly seeks revenge through being "nice". The book has some of the most depressing and yet in some way true insights about relationships that I have read in a long time. ( )
  paulb | Jul 29, 2012 |
Love, etc. is apparently a sequal to Talking It Over. The story is told from a multiple perspective, which at first looks like a dialogue, and later takes the form of extended turns. The plot is rather boring, and nothing really happens. It could not hold my attention. Well-written, but uninteresting. ( )
  edwinbcn | Jan 2, 2012 |
In the sequel to "Talking it Over", we meet Stuart, Gillian and Oliver 10 years after we left them. A lot has changed, and a lot more will change over the course of the book. This wasn't as funny as "talking it over", but it was darker and just as thrilling. Again, I'm left wanting to know more. ( )
  Amzzz | Feb 17, 2008 |
a treat ( )
  experimentalis | Jan 1, 2008 |
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Sequel to Talking it Over.
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Oliver, Stuart, and Gillian have been friends and lovers. But it's been 10 years since this backbiting trio, which Julian Barnes first introduced in Talking It Over, last met--and a lot has changed. For starters, Oliver has married Gillian, and Stuart, his erstwhile best friend, hates him for it. Not just because Stuart was once married to Gillian, but because he still loves her and has never ceased to regard himself as her savior. Under the guise of repairing old friendships--"all blood under the bridge"--this mild-mannered third wheel insinuates himself into the couple's life by offering advice, providing support, and even giving Oliver a job. Once he's maneuvered his nemesis into a crippling depression, Stuart unveils his master plan.

In Love, Etc. Barnes adopts the same technique he used in the earlier installment, allowing his characters to speak their innermost thoughts and secrets directly to the reader--and just about everybody gets some good lines. (Oliver: "Yes, everything went swimmingly, which is a very peculiar adverb to apply to a social event, considering how most human beings swim.") But the book is also a bewitchingly intimate excursion into betrayal and jealousy. With painstaking detail, Barnes creates a vibrant portrait of a modern love triangle--as funny as it is cruel, as absurd as it is deep. Few contemporary writers can portray Middle England, with all its temptations, so darkly. --Matthew Baylis

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Julian Barnes revisits Stuart, Gillian and Oliver, using the same intimate technique of allowing the characters to speak directly to the reader, to whisper their secrets and to argue for their version of the truth.

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