Through the Window

Through the Window

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.

In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A Life with Books”), Julian Barnes examines the British, French and American writers who have shaped his writing, as well as the cross-currents and overlappings of their different cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling’s view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations ofMadame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it can do. As he writes, “Novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, and how we lose it.”

Baker & Taylor
Collects seventeen essays examining the French, British, and American writers that have influenced the author's work and explores the interactions between these disparate cultures.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 9780345805508
Branch Call Number: 824 BAR
Characteristics: p. cm


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' France's Kipling, Kipling's France, Translating Madame Bovary, Georg Orwell and the fucking elephant, Lorrie Moore takes a swing, Remembering Updike, remembering Rabbit, Edith Wharton's THE REEF. ' an unusually easily read literary critic, with perhaps too much of an emphasis on France ( i.e., he's an obvious Francophile).


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