Metroland

Metroland

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by Julian Barnes
     
 

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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."

Overview

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."

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From the Publisher
"Barnes writes like a dream."  —Village Voice Literary Supplement
Jay Parini
"One would have to look hard to find a wryer, more lovingly detailed account of intellectual and sexual innocence abroad...Metroland portrays at once the disturbing aspects of adulthood and the consolations of maturity, a balance that makes one glad Jullian Barnes is still young and still writing." -- The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679736080
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,233,210
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Leicester in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of stories, and a collection of essays. He has won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 1988 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
January 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Leicester, England
Education:
Degree in modern languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, 1968

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Metroland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!