No one has a better perspective on life on both sides of the channel than Julian Barnes.
In these exquisitely crafted stories spanning several centuries, he takes as his universal theme the British in France; from the last days of a reclusive English composer, the beef consuming 'navvies' labouring on the Paris-Rouen railway to a lonely woman mourning the death of her brother on the battlefields of the Somme.Clever, wise, reflective and imaginative, these stories are permeated with understanding of what it has meant for generations from these islands to cross the Channel.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099540151
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Review by bodachliath
This loosely linked collection of stories of British experiences of France spans a variety of settings, historical periods and social classes. Barnes always writes with clarity and humour, and offers many insights. Very enjoyable.<br/><br/>Not sure why GoodReads has appended the author's name to the title - I wish the titles that actually appear on the book could be retained...