The Man in the Red Coat
In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner with an Italian name, who four years earlier had been ...more
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The book, which has three central characters, two aristocrats and a commoner who became an aristocrat in his profession, is a biography of these three gentlemen, but in fact it is much, much more. Julian Barnes presents the period which is now called the Belle Epoque, talking masterfully about everyone who mattered then in any discipline, politics, literary world or in any other way, and ...more
It took me a little while to figure out ...more
What is it? The publisher's designation on the back of the book is 'Biography', but it's certainly not a cradle-to-grave biography. It starts with three men travelling to London for some 'intellectual and decorative shopping'. One was Dr Pozzi, surgeon and ...more
"(...) Still, I decline to be pessimistic. Time spent in the distant, decadent, hectic, violent, narcissistic and neurotic Belle Epoque has left me cheerful. Mainly because of the figure of Samuel Jean Pozzi. (...) Who was rational, scientific, progressive, international and constantly inquisitive; who filled his life with medicine, art, books, travel, society, politics and as much sex as possible (though all we cannot know). He was, thankfully, not ...more
Book of the Week.Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi.
I thought it was to be a biography of a 19th-century French gynaecologist, an interesting subject. I suppose that it was, from time to time, but it was much more a look at French society in the late 19th century (and at Oscar Wilde - he featured prominently in this work) or, to be more precise, at a certain group within French society, namely the aristocracy and a large ...more
The Man in the Red Coat
By Julian Barnes
Jonathan Cape, London. 1919, 266pp
Plenty of dangerous gossip in a divided era
The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes looks at France, and to a lesser extent England and America and its creative exports, at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th La Belle Epoque: ‘They sent us their ousted leaders and dangerous revolutionaries; we sent them our posh riff-raff’. (p35)
The author is a Francophile (his parents were language ...more
This is not a biography. It is a non-fiction, academic and highly researched discussion of the Belle Epoque - the late 19th and early 20th century - as it played across ...more
Het verhaal is een soort verhaal over het leven van de chirurg/gynaecoloog dr. Pozzi aan de hand van van een schilderij van John Sargent Singer, die hem afbeeldde in een felrode kamerjas. Het speelt allemaal in de z.g. Belle Epoque (eind 19de - begin 20ste eeuw) waaraan een eind kwam door de eerste wereldoorlog. Het gebeurt grotendeels in Parijs, maar ook in Londen en iedereen, die in die tijd literair ...more
Samuel Prozzi steekt als rationalist en excellent geneesheer uit boven deze mensen en heeft een onmiskenbaar interessant leven geleid maar toch bleef hij ook ...more
"The Man in the Red Coat" is his diverting new non-fiction, a rumination on the French Belle Epoque, touring through the colour and camp of continental high society and touching on too many subjects to list here. Rich eccentrics flaunt their intellectual credentials to each other, air-kissing Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt and more. The French despise the British and the feeling seems ...more
He also wrote ‘chauvinism is one of the forms of ignorance’. I think I like him.
Aristocrats of Hellenic tendency… posh riff raff.
The heir of the Singer fortune marrying a discrete but known homosexual when she was a discrete but known lesbian.
Ooh so ...more
I was put off a bit by this one at first, mainly because it was not what I was expecting, namely a story. It is on the other hand a rather chaotic account of a late 19th century French gynecologist and even more so of the age in which he lived, the Belle Époque.
Yet the language and quirkiness ...more
*I did enjoy his use of the adverb "Frenchly" ...and later on "Belgianly."
"Time is equally the enemy of the butterfly, the dandy and the epigram" (209). *I like this, but is it to be considered an epigram?
Following an education at the City of London School ...more