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message 1: by Jafar (new)

Jafar I've put a hold on this book at the library, but there are 124 people ahead of me. I guess I'll get to it some day in this decade.

Men and women are two different species. This makes Homo sapiens the only "species" that needs inter-species mating for reproduction.


message 2: by Charlie (new)

Charlie If you're interested in distortions of memory, you might try "Asterios Polyp", by David Mazzucchelli. There's a section where it talks about that. It's a graphic novel, but it's thought-provoking and really beautiful.


message 3: by Denis (new)

Denis Victorazo Do you think that we should pay by the numbers of words in a book?


message 4: by Kinga (new)

Kinga Totally. Also there should be a premium for the use of three syllable words.

It's only fair.


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle very weirdly Kinga, I also picked up this book and Darkmans on the same trip (Oxfam, secondhand)! Read Barnes first and while I agree he is not a bad writer, the main theme of memory is not exactly new or revelatory, the story somewhat bizarre, and I was left thinking the narrator was narcissistic and self-obsessed, and trying to resist the urge to conflate the narrator with the author. I dislike the narrator's idea that somehow suicide at a young age may be better than an off the shelf life - yawn!!! Do a mindfulness course Julian and get with the joy of the everyday! Also, though a really good start with the privileged ones at school and college, I think the book then descended into nothingness because its central idea was not good enough. And yes indeedy the way the people behave in this novel is just not believable. By the end I did not give a fcuk that the mother was the mother, zzzzz!!! Looking forward to Darkmans...


message 6: by Kinga (new)

Kinga I second that.

I am now reading his collection of short stories 'Cross Channel' and while some of them are great, the ones which feature a narcissistic and self-obsessed main character are the most annoying and disappointing ones.

'Darkmans' is on another level. I hope you like it.


message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole almost bought till i read your review i was unaware that it was a short story. i agree, no short story should charge over $10.00.


message 8: by Kinga (new)

Kinga Yeah, I can think of better ways of spending your $10.

Even buy something else by Barnes, because I don't think this is his strongest work.

Or wait for The Sense of an Ending to cost $0.01 second hand which should happen any minute now.


message 9: by Birdbath (new)

Birdbath Birdbath You describe the ending as cheesy. I disagree. The ending is haunting. Finding out that you were selfish, vain, ignorant, moronic and wrong is not a happy ending. And because we, the readers, don't know how Tony continues to live his life, we don't know if he ever becomes anything other than selfish, vain, ignorant, moronic and wrong.


message 10: by Kinga (new)

Kinga I didn't mean it cheesy-happy. Just cheesy, as in tacky. Too ridiculous to be taken seriously.


message 11: by Birdbath (new)

Birdbath Birdbath Aha. After I published my comment, I thought about how cheesy might not mean happy, so I should have clarified first. I confess I am very poor at giving specific examples of why I like a book, but this book may have been perfect (so alas I still disagree that the ending was cheesy). I work with people who have been accused of federal crimes, so nothing is "too ridiculous to be taken seriously." Meaning, sometimes it is the MOST ridiculous that is ultimately the most accurate. I think that sums up life well, actually.


message 12: by Pranay (new)

Pranay I really liked your view on the book and completely agree that all the women in the book act in a very weird manner. Although i had guessed that the "Mother" would be the mother i was still hopeful that in the end there would be a bit more expression as to why did Adrian kill himself and what was Veronica feeling all this while. For me the ending was abrupt.


message 13: by Howard (new)

Howard I kind of agree with Kinga about it being unfair that short books cost the same as long ones! However, I buy most of my books second-hand in charity shops (thrift stores, for Americans). I paid the same – £3 – for both of them, but at that price, I don’t really mind, and the Barnes book was in perfect condition. I have yet to write my reviews of either of them, but I shall try to do so soon …


message 14: by Allie (new)

Allie Yes - you perfectly put into words my discomfort with the way the author writes women.


message 15: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Johns Nice review. Note the local library overdue fines are the same (but less likely) for 180 page novella as for the 800 page epic!


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