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Nothing to Be Frightened Of
     

Nothing to Be Frightened Of

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by Julian Barnes
 

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A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the

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Nothing to Be Frightened Of 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Basil More than 1 year ago
How can you deny a writer whose disquisition on death begins: "I don't believe in God, but I miss Him. That's what I say when the question is put." Julian Barnes inserts his writer's hook at the start and happily never lets up. The theme of our extinction always is sobering, but in Barnes's memoir it is never without humor. The "brisk irreligion" of his parents and their passing are traced in honest detail. Interspersed are comments on mortality from the famous and near famous. Philosopher Bertrand Russell, an unwavering atheist,is asked what he would do if he "found himself faced by a deity he had always denied. 'Well,' Russell used to reply, 'I would go up to Him, and I would say, "You didn't give us enough evidence."" Nothing To Be Frightened Of is beautifully crafted by a superior writer whose narrative moves with swift, sure distinction. Robert Cecil
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SeattleBookworm More than 1 year ago
Every once in awhile a book comes along, say 1 out of 50 books, that reminds me of why I read. This is one of those books. Intellectually challenging, but never self-important or condescending, it is at the same time very humorous in a subtle, understated way. Many readers will not be familiar with the numerous literary and artistic references, but it will not get in the way of thoroughly enjoying the author's musings on death and the issue of 'what happens next'. Well written and very, very good.
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JohnR26 More than 1 year ago
Very informative, entertaining and funny. Much to learn about the history of what the illuminati have thought of death.
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