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Through the Window Seventeen Essays and a Short Story 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 throu

  • Title: Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
  • Author: Julian Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780345805515
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story By Julian Barnes, 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 AmericFrom 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 of Madame 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.

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    1. Upon immediately finishing this book last night, I d decided to write only a succinct review, something like I enjoyed this collection of essays, even the ones about authors I d never heard of i.e all the French ones excluding Flaubert and of books I haven t read e.g Parade s End Even without having read Hemingway s Homage to Switzerland, I perceived and appreciated the layers in the one short story included here The EndInstead I had trouble sleeping while sentences flowed through my head, as th [...]

    2. I basked delightedly in Julian Barnes s writing in this book and realized, once again, that I feel so at ease in his company he is intelligent, astute, eloquent, pleasant and often quite funny In this collection of essays and one short story , he pays homage to and analyses works by some of his favourite authors See chapter headings at the end of this review.He begins with a charming portrait of Penelope Fitzgerald, which made it clear to me that I need to get to her novels soon He delivers a fr [...]

    3. The most misspent day in any life is the one when you ve failed to laugh ChamfortYesterday I first cracked the cover of this in Frankfort Airport, enjoying espresso as I gazed about at the number of beer drinkers at 9 a.m on a Sunday As Julian Barnes notes early, his family didn t go to church but they did go to the library Finally succumbing to slumber, I crashed without finishing Barnes second examination of Ford Maddox Ford Replenished, I awoke today before dawn and was off wandering New Belg [...]

    4. Lurid post it notes jostle pink yellow red blue green post it flags at the page edges I think only the five star ones merit this number of flags And sigh Barnes s essays on writers and their books has bumped up my TBR count At least I can re use the post it flags for those new ones Preface A Life with Books 5 This eleven page essay was one of my favourites I love reading about other people s love affairs with books, about how and what they read as children, what ensared them, about how they grew [...]

    5. Francophile lit critI m a Barnes fan so please forgive my fawning This is not your stand literary criticism Barnes focuses on less well known writers with some exceptions such as Updike, Orwell, and Flaubert though I wonder how often even they are read now You will, however, recognize all or most of the names and hopefully have read something from them so you won t feel at sea There s almost always a tie in with France I suppose this is to be expected from someone who s most recognized book is F [...]

    6. I read this book of 17 essays and one short story because I was swept off my feet by The Sense of an Ending I thought, whatever Julian Barnes writes next, I will read never mind his many previous novels His essays, covering subjects from Ford Madox Ford s Good Soldier to the many translations of Madame Bovary, were hardly familiar to me but I ate them up I am determined to figure out how Barnes did what he did in The Sense of an Ending, and Through the Window provided a view, despite my complete [...]

    7. Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for his book The Sense of an Ending which has sparked a huge increase in this man s popularity To follow up cash in on the buzz the release of Through the Window followed soon after, which holds Seventeen Essays and a Short Story on the books and authors that have meant the most to him over his career.I remember reading Julian Barnes essay A Life with Books, which really was just a look at his reading history and I absolutely loved it So I was eager [...]

    8. S z T rk e edebiyat n sa lam bellekli, safal dilli, edal s zl ve en akrak denemecisi Sal h Birsel le a mak isterim Bir t r olarak denemenin hor g r l p ders kitaplar na hapsedilmesi, hele hele T rk ede deneme yazar yeti memesi, do rusu ahlan p vahlanacak bir meseledir yle ki, iyi bir deneme okumak insan krallar kat na y kseltir, ba na ta bile koyar Sal h Birsel in denemeleri yledir mesela T rk enin en civcivli, en alacal kelimelerini bulabilirsiniz onda Hele Ahmet Rasim den miras rindlik kemerin [...]

    9. The essay on George Orwell gets five stars A brilliant essay, Julian Barnes is a brilliant writer The essay s title refers to Orwell s essay Shooting an Elephant and relates to the reply by Orwell s widow, Sonia, to interviewer Bernard Crick asking Sonia if Orwell really did shoot the Elephant Sonia screamed at him across the table, Of course he shot the fucking elephant He said he did Why do you always doubt his word The widow, you feel was screaming for England The essay first covers Orwell s [...]

    10. A Bibliophile ReflectsJulian Barnes is an astonishingly fine writer After reading his last book THE SENSE OF AN ENDNG which won the Man Booker Prize this reader wrote, the miracle of Julian Barnes writing is the fact that once the book cover is opened he is able to not only retain our attention but also compel us to read on to discover how this strangely ordinary man will show us through his sifted memories how life is after all what we do not what we plan It is brilliant writing, contagiously s [...]

    11. New authors for me Penelope FitzgeraldArthur Hugh Clough, poetJean Stafford, Short Story Writer, Pulitzer prizeFinally finished it I m a Barnesophile and Francophile so I meandered thru this book He mentioned authors I didn t know so I either googled them or read one of their books I loved Flaubert s Parrot so I enjoyed his essay on translating Flaubert I read the 2 essays on Kipling and read 2 Kipling stories and poetry.

    12. A book of essays about writers and their books some of whom I hadn t even heard of, and most of which I haven t read At the very least, it gave me some reading recommendations Now I have to read Ford Maddox Ford.d Penelope Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton Those Rabbit books I have put off reading forever How can I not read them now, when Barnes calls them still the greatest post war American novel Reading Barnes is always a pleasure Even if, for much of the book, I had no idea what he was writing ab [...]

    13. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuPe fereastr str nge o serie de articole, 18 la num r, care au fost publicate n reviste precum New Yorker, London Review of Books, New York Review of Books sau The Guardian.De ce Pe fereastr Pentru c Barnes, de la geamul camerei lui vede direct Fran a i pe cei impresiona i, marca i i inspira i de ara de dincolo de Canalul M necii, vechi rival cultural al Angliei.Julian Barnes cite te i scrie despre ce cite te folosindu se din plin de talen [...]

    14. BoekenJulian Barnes schrijft schitterende boeken en prachtige essays over boeken Dat laatste blijkt uit het werk Uit het raam , dat beschouwingen bevat van Updike tot Houellebecq Zijn leven met boeken heeft hij op de volgende wijze verwoord Ik heb geleefd in boeken, voor boeken, door en met boeken de afgelopen jaren heb ik zelfs het geluk dat ik kan leven van boeken En via boeken kwam ik tot de ontdekking dat er andere werelden bestonden dan die waarin ik leefde, dat ik voor het eerst fantaseerd [...]

    15. I would like to have Julian Barnes as a neighbour, I would like his friendly interruptions as I mowed the lawn, I would like him to kindly enquire of my children, as I loaded them into the car, of how they were enjoying school Greatest living writer is no great accolade, where do you go when you die Better than that, Julian Barnes holds my interest in the most pleasant of ways If I was Charles Foster Kane I would pay a fortune to have him on my staff Be warned though, reading one Julian Barnes w [...]

    16. Een verzameling essays, boekrecensies en een kort verhaal van een fantastische schrijver Zelfs als je de boeken en schrijvers, die hij bespreekt, niet kent, is dit toch interessant Veel stukken hebben op de een of andere manier met Frankrijk te maken Ik vond vooral zijn stukken over Updike en Hemingway erg goed.

    17. Barnes is the writer everyone wishes their friends would be Generous, well read, well travelled and with a host of intellectual and curious stories and opinions I didn t have a chance to read all the essays collected here but I d say, judging from those I did, that there s a wealth of enjoyment and interest to be found here.

    18. well, the stars are actually for the short story homage to hemingway a short story it s brilliant i enjoyed it enormously and also happen to be a non fan of hemingway funny, compassionate, doubtful and charming in that restrained barnesian way.

    19. I love reading Julian Barnes.His voice is as beautiful as the cello playing of Roel Dieltiens unobtrusively masterful, elegant, sensitive.

    20. On the cover of this book, Barnes is described as a devastatingly brilliant critic I have to agree that devastating , when used as a verb is likely true of his criticism, which reduces some of the most applauded works of literature to rubble, and likely causes their authors or translators to crumble, likewise However, this critique never appears unwarranted, and is always well grounded in historical and social background, textual examples, scattered amongst witty side remarks and truly thoughtfu [...]

    21. Some mostly non fiction from Julian Barnes, all with the unifying theme of authors or novels He covers quite a bit of ground, Penelope Fitzgerald, Orwell, Updike a whopping three essays on Ford Maddox Ford He spends quite a bit of time covering French literature hardly surprising from the Francophile Barnes I was disappointed with the last novel I read from him but this was much enjoyable.

    22. Four stars grudgingly, indicating that I sort of think it s good but I found myself wishing for something fun, absorbing.I onl y read about half the essays and skipped the story Evidence that it s good in most cases where I read about a writer I didn t know, I ended up wanting to read them Penelope Fitzgerald, Arthur Hugh Clough, Lorrie Moore, some French guy called Chamfort who s not the singer Alain.As for the writers I did know already, naturally as I had my own prior opinions and feelings [...]

    23. Met zijn prachtige boek Alsof het voorbij is won Julian Barnes in 2011 de Man Booker prize en dit jaar kreeg de Nederlandse vertaling de Europese Literatuurprijs Het was niet meer dan terecht en hoog tijd dat Barnes de Booker prize toegekend kreeg In 1984 stond hij met Flauberts papegaai op de short list, in 1998 met Engeland, Engeland en in 2005 met Arthur en George, maar de prijs ging iedere keer aan zijn neus voorbij.Barnes is bekend geworden door Flauberts papegaai dat nog steeds beschouwd w [...]

    24. Julian Barnes has made a career of attempting to arrive at greater truths through literature, always promulgating his guiding belief that fiction is untrue in a way that ends up telling a greater truth than any other information system that exists In Through the Window, a collection of previously published essays and one short story , Barnes explores those topics that most interest and influence him to his credit, they are sure to interest and influence any reader of Barnes, as well as anyone wh [...]

    25. It is not easy to write about books and other authors for a writer It needs to be unbiased and at the same time say what he or she wants to I am in awe of writers who manage to write on books Reading books on books is a different experience altogether As a reader, I have enjoyed a lot of books on this theme from Alberto Manguel to Anne Fadiman these books have also led me to read some authors who I normally would not have read This is the primary reason I love books about books At the same time [...]

    26. Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011, for his novel The Sense of an Ending Such successes inevitably see the reprinting of older, less successful novels, and the gathering together of literary detritus, essays published in journals, reviews from newspapers Barnes s such collection, Through the Window, containing seventeen essays and one short story, gathers work mostly from the last few years, though a few pieces date back to the mid 1990s Unlike other collections that are put together [...]

    27. I enjoy reading about authors I also enjoy reading essays of all sorts, including book review essays These are perhaps the reasons why I chose to read and review THROUGH THE WINDOW SEVENTEEN ESSAYS AND A SHORT STORY by Julian Barnes New York Vintage International, 2012 Frankly, I had never read anything by Julian Barnes, or even heard of him before reading THROUGH THE WINDOW.Collections of essays, like collections of short stories, are always a mixed bag Some will inevitably be interesting than [...]

    28. This collection suffers from the classic collection problem I m not the Francophile that Barnes is, so several of the essays on the French literary history were a little blase for me I did enjoy the discussion of the Madame Bovary translation discussion and the discussion of Michel Houellebecq on the French side Some of his interests in British literary history also were a bit removed for me Penelope Fitzgerald and Kipling, but I enjoyed the essay on Orwell Usually I come away from books like th [...]

    29. Same old funny, intelligent, witty and insightful Barnes I ve come to love in his other books of essays and in his wonderful novels, of course This time he analyzes the lives and some relevant literary works by several of his favorite authors or, at least, by writers who have intrigued and made him meditate and looking through the window by something they did, said or thought There is some kind of ineffable magic of writing in all of Barnes s works, including the nonfiction segment, in which he [...]

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