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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Looking forward to your review, Cynthia!


message 2: by Richard (new)

Richard Ah, now this is excellent. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it, Cynthia.


message 3: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Troy and Richard I'm loving this book. Barnes is one of my favorites and this is his best so far imo.


message 4: by Richard (new)

Richard Yes! so glad you liked it.

He's a Leicester lad like me.

Not that it has any relevence at all, but I thought I'd mention it.

Happy Christmas, Cynthia!


message 5: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I liked this book too, Cynthia. :)


message 6: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Richard I didn't know that. The odd thing about Barnes is for the longest time I didn't know he wrote books. Over the years I've known him as a NYer writer mostly his letters from london and talk of the town articles. I'm glad I finally caught on that he wrote books. DUH!!!!


message 7: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Nice to know you liked it too KD. How would you compare it to any of his others you might have read?


message 8: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I'm so glad you liked this, Cynthia! Now I'm looking forward to it even more.


message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Teresa it's deceptively 'simple'. I finished it in late December so when I went back to review it a few days ago I began re-reading the parts I'd underlined and was able to see how lush the book is.


message 10: by Richard (new)

Richard I was interested to read Geoff Dyer's review of the book. He called it "excellent in its averageness!".

I don't necessarily agree, but it's a wonderful phrase.


message 11: by Teresa (last edited Jan 29, 2012 09:28AM) (new)

Teresa Cynthia wrote: "Teresa it's deceptively 'simple'. I finished it in late December so when I went back to review it a few days ago I began re-reading the parts I'd underlined and was able to see how lush the book is."

Which is another reason I'm thinking it must be reminiscent of On Chesil Beach.

And to change the subject, Cynthia, I watched "Midnight in Paris" last night. It was a lot of fun!


message 12: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Richard wrote: "I was interested to read Geoff Dyer's review of the book. He called it "excellent in its averageness!".

I don't necessarily agree, but it's a wonderful phrase."



Thanks for sharing that Richard. It actually makes a lot of sense in reference to this book. On first glance the book does feel average. It's on second sight that you see more of the genius that's there.


message 13: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Teresa wrote: "Cynthia wrote: "Teresa it's deceptively 'simple'. I finished it in late December so when I went back to review it a few days ago I began re-reading the parts I'd underlined and was able to see how..."

I'm glad you liked 'midnight'. I was surprised at how fun it was. 'Chesil' is another of those 'little' books that packs a big punch imo.


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Now I know I'm going to like it beccause I liked On Chesil Beach a lot.


message 15: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Lisa wrote: "Now I know I'm going to like it beccause I liked On Chesil Beach a lot."

I liked Chesil almost as much as i did his 'atonement' though i've loved ALL the McEwan i've read which i think is about 5 or 6 books.


message 16: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely C: I read this book by Barnes around the time I was also reading Lydia Davis' "The End of the Story." They are both about losing a love one.

This book is more action oriented and crisp but Davis' is more subtle and I found her style fresher. So, I gave this book 4 stars compared to Davis' 5.

But I still liked this. Liked it so much that whenever somebody in our book club started talking about this, I always came forward and joined. :)


message 17: by Carol (new)

Carol So does this mean I need to add "On Chesil Beach" too? I've no room for more. Something has to go...


message 18: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Carol Chesil' is a little gem, it might even be my favorite McIwan.


message 19: by Carol (new)

Carol I do love Ian!


message 20: by Edward (new)

Edward Interesting connection with McEwan's ON CHESIL BEACH. I'll take a look at it. Thanks.


message 21: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Hope you enjoy it Edward.


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