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Talking It Over by Julian Barnes
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Apr 08, 2008

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Impossible not to compare this to the recently read Martin Amis' Success, except this time it's from a point of view of three characters (plus extras) rather than two.

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 way, this and Success are exactly the same deal as the T.V. show Peepshow. One very buttoned-down guy who's friends with one very untethered guy. Maybe it's a British thing. Check out Peepshow if you never have.

It's nice to have Julian Barnes there now as a go-to author for a while. We've got a lot of him on the bookshelves, and I've enjoyed the first few I've read a lot. Good, solid stories.

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