Metrolandby Julian Barnes
Only the author of Flaubert's Parrot could give us a novel that is at once a note-perfect rendition of the angsts and attitudes of English adolescence, a giddy comedy of sexual awakening in the 1960s, and a portrait of the accommodations that some of us call "growing up" and others "selling out."
"It's one of the best accounts of clever English schoolboyhood I've read." Times Educational Supplement
Meet the Author
JULIAN BARNES is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.
His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.
- London, England
- Date of Birth:
- January 19, 1946
- Place of Birth:
- Leicester, England
- Degree in modern languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, 1968
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I happen to be a future critic of literature...But I think that's just bragging...I want to give you 'an epat',as Barnes puts it,and that's because I'm rather young.Anyway I would like to share with everybody my impressions about Metroland and Julian Barnes.His book reminded me that tender book about adolescence which you perfectly know - The Catcher in the Rye .But I consider it to be an achievement because it is like an 'updated' version of Salinger's book.I would like to focus your minds on three episodes in the book which I liked above all:the visit at Uncle Charles,the meeting of Annick in Paris and the bedroom scene between the grown-up husbands when they confess they haven't been faithful to one another.This last scene is a proof which fiction gives us about woman's intuition.So,don't skip these three key scenes!If the author reads this not very subtle thoughts,I would ask him not to be disapointed,cause to me Julian Barnes is a writer that I respect,and I truly like...so even if his last book is poorer than the former,I would treat his literary brilliancy in the same way.Write your own reviews because GOOD BOOKS contain in them the huge amount of critical works that come after them(N.Frye).So,this means,that if you are writing about a book you enjoyed you are part of this book's own universe!!!