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Než potkala mě

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,475 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Profesor historie prožívá se svou druhou manželkou sladké časy – ale jen do chvíle, než zjistí, čím se dřív živila… Do jejich společného štěstí se začnou vkrádat stíny v podobě Anniných dřívějších milenců a Grahama se zmocňují emoce, jaké dosud nepoznal.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published 2018 by Odeon (first published 1982)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The moral of this book, which applies mostly to women, is that you should not get married to someone who, if they discover by accident that you had an earlier career as a porn actress which you had felt, quite understandably, that you didn't need to mention, will go very quietly mad, so quietly that there will be no signs that you should get the hell out of the house.

It may be a very good moral but it's not so useful, I think. I mean, you can hardly ask your affianced gentleman "Just imagine for
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I reviewed England, England, I wrote that it was the first time I'd given a Barnes less than 4 stars. This is now the first time I've given one of his works less than 3 stars. I plan on reading them all, so I hope to never give one only a single star.

Barnes explores retrospective obsessive sexual jealousy to its ridiculous extreme, and to an inevitable (?) conclusion, but reading about the sexual act (and that's basically all this is about -- why isn't Graham jealous about other things conc
Ελαφρά απογοήτευση. 2,5/5.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
σε ποια επιπεδα μπορει να φτασει η ζηλια? μπορει-κυριολεκτικα ισως-να σκοτωσει? πως μας επηρεαζουν οι αποτυχημενες μας σχεσεις στις μετεπειτα? με αυτα και αλλα πολλα ασχολειται ο παντα αγαπημενος μου Μπαρνς στο οχι πιο αγαπημενο μου βιβλιο του.αστειο σε πολλα σημεια, καυστικο , ρεαλιστικο και σε καποια σημεια ακραιο.ποτε δε με απογοητευει ο Τζουλιαν αλλα δεν καταφερνει παντα να με γοητευσει στον ιδιο βαθμο..
I'm glad this wasn't the first Barnes I'd read, because it would have been the last.
It seemed, oddly, an immature work, being the worst of Updike with a dash of early McEwan.
I need to read something good now, to rinse out my mind.
Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο με κάποια απ’ τα καλά στοιχεία του Barnes να κάνουν την εμφάνισή τους: χιούμορ (πιστεύω στα ελληνικά «χάνεται» κάπως στη μετάφραση,αλλά υπάρχουν στιγμές που καταλαβαίνεις ότι κάποιο αστείο υπάρχει στην αγγλική έκδοση),γραφή που ρέει με αποτέλεσμα το βιβλίο να διαβάζεται εύκολα, ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες.
Όμως, κάπου εδώ σταματούν τα θετικά και ξεκινάνε τ’ αρνητικά: oι χαρακτήρες,αν και παρουσιάζουν ενδιαφέρον,κάτι τους λείπειˑ αποδεικνύονται «λίγοι», ενώ η ισ
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Καθενας μας συνανταει εστω ενα βιβλιο στη ζωη του που μιλαει στην ψυχη του. Ποικιλα συναισθηματα γεννιουνται απ' αυτη την ενωση.

Αισθανομαι ματαιοδοξα ευλογημενος και κακομαθημενος γιατι ως τωρα υπηρξαν αρκετα βιβλια που ωθησαν την ψυχη μου να σκιρταει με μια γκαμα συναισθηματων που θα μπορουσε να με αρρωστησει αν τα ενιωθα πραγματικα. Απ' το δεος στο θυμο κι απο λυγμους χωρις προφανη αιτια στο μενος, στη στιγμιαια ηρεμια της αγαπης η εστω στη συντριπτικη εκρηξη ερωτων για μερικες σελιδες χαρτι.

Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usta yazar Julian Barnes’ın 1982’de yayınlanmış olan bu romanının ana teması kıskançlık. İkinci karısının kendisinden önce, üstelik daha kendisini tanımadan yaşadığı ilişkileri bir saplantı haline getiren ana kahramanın hikayesi anlatılan. Pek Barnes’ın tarzı olmayan sert ve de sürpriz bir sonu var. Barnes külliyatının en iyilerinden değil belki ama hem güçlü kalemiyle, hem de işlenen konuları farklı katmanlarıyla ele almasıyla okunmaya değer bir kitap. Psikolojiye merak duyanlara daha da ilginç ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Μπαρνς μ' αρέσει γενικώς, αν και πιο πολύ μ' εντυπωσιάζει το έργο του αδελφού του Τζόναθαν στη φιλοσοφία. Όμως αυτό το βιβλίο του δεν μού φάνηκε τόσο ενδιαφέρον, όσο άλλα όπως ο Παπαγάλος ή το Τέλος, αλλά διαβάζεται άνετα και σχεδόν ευχάριστα -προσοχή: ένα βήμα πριν τον σαδισμό ωστόσο, μια και μιλά τις βλαβερές συνέπειες της ερωτικής ζήλιας, που κανείς και καμιά δεν θάθελε να τις τύχει! Ειδικά ο δευτεροπαντρεμένος καθηγητής ιστορίας, ο Γκράχαμ, που ήλπιζε ότι στην Ανν είχε βρει (ή, πάντως, έβρ ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A middle-aged man in his second marriage suddenly and seemingly inexplicably obsessed with his wife’s romantic partners prior to their meeting. I found this irrational, self-centered, jealous man incomprehensible and unlikable. It is a testament to Barnes’ incredible skill that I was drawn into the orbit and life of such a character in this short book. Despite the very limited action, I could not put this down.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. You are wasting your time reading this.
This was the crappiest and most annoying book I read in the last year. I didn't think Barnes was capable of ever writing such poor quality novels.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
imbarazzante. fossi in barnes, andrei a mettermi da sola in ginocchio sui ceci.
Με τον Τζουλιαν Μπαρνς έχω υπάρξει πολύ υπομονετική. Του έδωσα τρείς ευκαιρίες να με κερδίσει σαν αναγνώστρια και δυστυχώς απέτυχε σε κάθε μια από αυτές. Το «Πριν εκείνη με γνωρίσει» το είχα διαβάσει μερικούς μήνες πριν αλλά η ανάμνηση αυτής της ανάγνωσης θάφτηκε κάτω από άλλες αναγνώσεις και ξέχασα να γράψω την κριτική μου. Θα πρέπει να ομολογήσω πως δεν θυμάμαι πολλά από την πλοκή του μυθιστορήματος και αυτό το εκλαμβάνω ως μια ακόμη επιβεβαίωση πως ο συγγραφέας αυτός δεν μου ταιριάζει.
Η ζήλει
βαρέθηκα όσο δεν πάει
Deludente questo romanzo di Barnes. Si risolleva un po’ nel finale, ma l’andamento è piuttosto fiacco. Il tema centrale è l’insorgere nel protagonista di un sentimento di gelosia retrospettiva nei confronti della seconda moglie, per la quale lui, uomo fondamentalmente passivo, è pur riuscito a trovare il coraggio di lasciare la precedente famiglia, in cui regnava un clima opprimente.

Ma i tempi sereni durano poco, perché l’ossessione pian piano degenera in depressione e in ripetitivi interrogator
Jan 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: erotic fiction, Richard E. Grant fans
Shelves: kool-imports
A semi-creepy erotic novel about a neurotic wimp who discovers his second wife had a short lived career in low-budget sex comedies (she never told him) so he obsessively investigates her past sex life. There are times when the story’s amusing and times when it’s just plain irritating.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS BOOK: This book would make a good BBC America TV movie with Richard E. Grant playing the nutty husband. I could see him making this story entertaining, otherwise we’re doomed.
Si intuiscono qua e là, nello stile asciutto e lineare, in alcuni momenti di grande ironia, nella capacità di descrivere e di analizzare i sentimenti umani, alcuni degli elementi che caratterizzano il Barnes migliore. Ma non più di questo. Paranoico, ma piatto, quasi noioso e petulante, questo breve romanzo si riscatta nel finale.
Se avessi iniziato da qui, probabilmente non avrei letto altro dell’autore
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015-2017
δεύτερο "ηλίθιο" βιβλίο γι αυτό το χρόνο, άνευρο, άνευ ουσίας, άνευ λόγου...
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesus!Incredibly well written. Amazing what obsession and sex can do to a person. Barnes language and thinking continues to shatter walls.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'Everyone had always called him sensible - his mother comfortingly, his first wife sneeringly, his colleagues applaudingly, his second wife with that fond, mocking, half-askance look in her eye. That's what he was, and he liked being it.'

This is one of the early books of Julian Barnes and you see traces of the brilliant author that he is. What is in the forefront however is a vivid portrayal of a sick mind battling 'retrospective' sexual jealousy, obsession and haunting of memory. What starts o
Come Musica
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono relazioni che sembrano partire bene e invece sono malate, perché hanno in sé, latente, il virus della distruzione:

“La vera differenza non era tra chi aveva perso la battaglia e chi non l’aveva nemmeno combattuta, bensí tra chi l’aveva persa e aveva accettato la sconfitta e chi non ce l’aveva fatta. Forse esisteva una sorta di sgabuzzino, all’interno del cervello, dove si prendeva anche quella decisione, pensò con mesto fastidio. Ecco come si distingueva la gente.”

E chi scegli di far entr
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could have used this book when I was 19/20. I wouldn't have been any less crazy, but at least I would have known I wasn't the only guy with serious, serious jealousy issues. This book and Portnoy's Complaint are all women need to know about men. If you still like us in the morning, you're brave indeed.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Διεισδυτική ψυχολογική μελέτη της ανθρώπινης ζήλειας.
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Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed several books by Barnes. Why, I actually loved them. I was so looking forward to reading this one, that's probably why the disappointment was really huge. For me, this book looked like a mix of pornography + a weak attempt at some psychological analysis. It was ugly, it was boring, it was disgusting at some places and totally implausible at others.

I'm glad I'm done with it and I hope other books by Barnes are more like Talking It Over than Before She Met Me.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painfully boring story of a man who becomes insanely jealous of his wife's previous lovers and more. Hated the characters and the only suspense was "when is this going to end?" There were a couple of funny lines but the book's most redeeming quality was that is was short.
Luisa Fer
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
British authors are so daring. It seems almost a contradiction. Here is this book which portrays a completely different sort of jealousy and Julian Barnes shows it with painful detail. It's so real that one wonders if we're all bound to crack at one point.

*phew* done reading another book for uni!
Maurizio Manco
"È strano pensare a quante gente, persino gli amici, approfittino del tuo tempo: solo perché fai lo scrittore, tutti danno per scontato che i loro problemi possano interessarti." (p. 45)

"Che modi strani ha il passato di aggrapparsi al presente e tirarlo per la giacchetta." (p. 92)

"Che cosa succede se il tuo cervello si trasforma in un nemico?" (p. 143)

Alena Bílková
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Černá komedie s poněkud zvláštní zápletkou. Jak může člověka zdeformovat žárlivost na to, co už bylo. A možná ani nebylo.
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Julian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer of postmodernism in literature. He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize--- Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005), and won the prize for The Sense of an Ending (2011). He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.

Following an education at the City of London School
“It may be all right, you may have talked about it and agreed it was all right, but that’s not how sex works, is it? It’s where the unsayable is king; it’s where madness and surprise rule; it’s where the cheques you write for ecstasy are drawn on the bank of despair.” 3 likes
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