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A History of the World in 10½  Chapters by Julian Barnes
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Aug 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary-fiction, re-read
Read 2 times. Last read July 17, 2015.

A brilliant example of the post-modernist novel that Julian Barnes is so fond of. 10 and a half seemingly-unrelated short stories form a novel, 10 historical and biblical events deconstructed and reconstructed by Barnes. A very mind-boggling read and one of his most major mind fucks, EVER. My favourite part, though, was chapter (the "half") titled Parenthesis in which a man talks about his love for his wife. Beautifully-written, deeply moving. I think Barnes is at his best when he's writing about human relations, human feelings, the things that strike us at the core and make life meaningful. I just love Julian Barnes. (this was the review of my first reading)

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Quotes Yalan Liked

Julian Barnes
“You can deal with the brain, as I say; it looks sensible, whereas the heart, the human heart, I'm afraid, looks a fucking mess.”
Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
August 10, 2011 – Shelved
August 14, 2011 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: re-read
Started Reading
July 17, 2015 – Finished Reading

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