”You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed…”
Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.
One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart”. This book confirms that opinion.
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Truthful and painful
The link between the ballooning and living after a death, and the very truthful and thoughtless things people say and do to a bereaved person. Sounds quite a confessional report from the author, and is sometimes painful to hear, but it is absolutely how it feels (bereavement, not ballooning). Made me think carefully about what I would say, and what I would feel most supported by in such circumstances.
This is not a story but a disguised autobiography.
This is more thoughtful and considered, with a great depth of feeling.
The reading made me think very hard about the situation, and was sobered by his courage in reading his own experience.
The tropics of grief
Totally and utterly heartbreaking.His exploration of his own grief of losing his wife of 30 years is detailed and totally honest
his honesty and total love of his wife
It hurts as much as it's worth,so in a way one relishes the pain. if it didn't matter,it wouldn't matter
i was in flood of tears
the most beautiful book i have read in years
- Paul S. Turner