Talking It Over
From the Trade Paperback edition.
I was sitting in the public library on Thurmon Street just now, skimming through "Rogue Herries" by Hugh Walpole, and I suddenly came over all peckish. And I thought to myself, "a little fermented curd will do the trick," so, I curtailed my Walpoling activites, sallied forth, and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibl...more
One of my favourite parts of this book is that one of the characters wants his wedding vows to contain the phrase, "With all my worldly goods I thee endow". It is, admittedly, a beautiful phrase and I can believe a character wanting this included in their vows. So, the Royals being high church and all, I expect...more
Счастье одного человека часто покоится
на несчастье другого, так устроен мир.
Это же прелесть, что за книга! Барнс просто прекрасен, второй раз убеждаюсь, что он талантище с великолепным чувством юмора. Большую часть романа хочется растащить на цитаты, но, увы, тогда часть из них будет грубо вырвана из контекста, а жаль. Они чудесны, как и сама книга.
Садитесь поудобнее, и приготовьтесь узнать как все было на самом деле. Всю правду расскажут не абы кому, а именно вам. Дада, я ничего не преувеличива...more
Ho conosciuto, letterariamente, lo scrittore con Il senso di una fine, suo penultimo romanzo, sempre edito da Einaudi (regalatomi da un amico, che sa come viziarmi).
In seguito a quell'intervista ho sfogliato - in libreria - Livelli di vit...more
The thing is, I really hate reading novels about weak, weird people, so I guess I was never going to love this! The characters: Oliver is obviously disagreeable - a snob, arrogant, ultimately insecure - and quite a stereoty...more
Many people have commented that the characters are thoroughly unlikable, but I found their flaws compelling, and thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. I think it is testament to Barnes' keen eye that the characters are so well drawn that they create this disli...more
On the other hand, I like it quite a lot. It moved me emotionally....more
The thing is, this book is a love story, or two love stories, and neither have a particularly happy ending. But it works, because there's something so brilliantl...more
TALKING IT OVER was a really fast and entertaining read. Stuart, a rich, seemingly boring and straight laced banker marries the soft-spoken and adorable Gillian who is a painting restorer. Stuart's charming, eccentric and bankrupt English teacher best friend Oliver also falls in love with Gillian and becomes his best friend's sexual rival.
It is a love triangle told in first person narrative where each person in the triangle gives their point of view about what ha...more
In the final pages of this darkly comic love triangle, sad sack boring old Stuart says of his best-friend turned romantic rival Oliver: “He’s clever, I’ve never denied that, but not clever enough to see that you have to be more than clever.”
Oliver, the grandiose, narcissistic, delusional lover of big words (and French ones), classical music, and Wildean wit, is certainly clever, but as Wilde himself once remarked, everybody is clever nowadays.
That line seems a worthy crit...more
What similes and metaphors! I will forever think of oysters and parking meters with a smirk. What layered meanings on simple, subtle, and serious topics...while keeping a superb story flow (no alliteration intentional).
I will be rea...more
Pero lo que gustó más del li...more
This novel was written in what I found to be a really interesting style of alternating narratives. Three characters who compose a love-triangle of sorts each tell their side of things while at the same time revealing their character traits through narrative style, what is and isn't "said", and their respective interaction with the non-present interviewer (presumably meant to be the reader? although it seems more like an unidentified presence).
At some points the narrative style seems a bit over t...more
It really carries you along, the multiple POVs. It's a fun way to read. Probably to make the each main character different enough they become kind of like exaggerated versions of people. And you end up disliking all of them. This is part of the enjoyment.
Kind of peters out towards the end, but not enough to ruin the novel.
By the wa...more
Following an education at the City of London School...more