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Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. Reading the book, hearing these characters speak their thoughts, I knew them.

Love, Etc.

The full stop was later removed in the dtcetera edition U. Uncorrected Proof in light green paper cover with black lettering. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. She is the object of desire for these two men, whether she wants to be or not. Books by Julian Barnes. Alford, The Houston Chronicle p.

Ai tre punti di vista se ne aggiungono poi anche altri in modo da farci vedere dall’esterno la storia. Don’t get me wrong, I love Barnes’ style, but this is not interesting enough. I think I should have read that first. Preview — Love, Etc. He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. On top of that, Barnes’ language is so much fun to read and so vivid, such as when Gillian explains how often they have sex or the puns on Pluto the cat.

But Stuart is not the insecure dullard he once was, and Oliver’s rapier wit, once so flashy and intimidating, now seems irrelevant in the grownup world of equity and fatherhood. Random House Canada, Stuart thinks he can undo the marriage and get back together with Gillian.


Of the three characters, Oliver talks a lot, goes off on tangents. Still not too late for a youthful indiscretion. She confesses early in the book: There is further character development as we carry on with the same narrative structure, though they do get to sort of interact with each other along with the interviewer, shaking up the dynamics a bit.

He does this very well through several unreliable narrators, but ultimately, this is the story of a threesome that’s made up of Stuart and Oliver, best friends, and their wife, Gillian. And others get their say as well: Isn’t that a terrible paradox? View all 20 comments. Editorial Anagrama The fact that Gillian, Oliver, and Stuart are not normal or very likable is obscured by the quest to figure out what, exactly, has taken place and–what now? And it doesn’t mean one love is true and the other is false.

Taking up ten years after the ending of ‘Talking It Over’, Barnes revisits his erstwhile love triangle, catching up with Stuart, Oliver and the object of their shared obsession, Gillian.

Moreover, Stuart realizes he himself has changed and that he is not the same person he was when he was married to her. The guys seem so emotionally clueless they couldn’t plan a mean thought and she just allows things to happen, all the while telling us about Love like it was a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Lower panel features large author photo with a quote from The Observer by Tim Adams in white lettering.

This novel explores the questionable nature of love and the way in which it transforms and develops over time. Paperbackpages.

Amor, etcétera | Love, etc (Editorial Anagrama, 2001; Spanish)

Feb 26, Robert Palmer rated it liked it. Essays on France – aka Tour de France Mr. This books is less about narrative and more about chara All I could think when I was reading Love Etc. Stuart was a bit of a milquetoast but seems to come into his own when he leaves England after the bares, goes to the States and becomes a successful businessman in organic veggie marketing.


This is the story of a love triangle, of sorts. Julian Barnes has had a great mastery of writing in these people.

Love, Etc. by Julian Barnes

On the framework of a French sex farce, Barnes conducts a brutally frank examination of these three flawed characters. Oct 22, Archit Ojha rated it it was amazing. There is so saving objectivity. However, when he has the chance of having a real glimpse of how she really is now, after years of marriage with Oliver, he realizes that the woman he had loved all this time, was “the Gillian” to whom he had been married long ago and that the actual one has changed.

To view it, click here. Turkish – Ask Vesaire. First, she was married to Stuart etceterw then divorced him for Oliver. Jul 07, Mayra Nakamura rated it it was amazing. The two friends have all but flipped in terms of their fortunes. Being in love makes you liable to fall in love.

Translated by Cornelia Bucur.