Love, Etc, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Hello! We've met before...Yes, I am sure. Positive. About ten years ago. Stuart's right. We have met before, and his best friend Oliver, and Gillian, the woman they both loved.

In Talking it Over Gillian and Stuart were married until Oliver - witty, feckless Oliver - stole her away.

In Love, etc Julian Barnes revisits the three of them, using the same intimate technique of allowing the characters to speak directly to the reader, to whisper their secrets, to argue for their version of the truth.

Darker and deeper than its predecessor, Love, etc is a compelling exploration of contemporary love and its betrayals.


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Very well written, with a toe-curlingly pendantic main character, Stuart, who indirectly seeks revenge through being "nice". The book has some of the most depressing and yet in some way true insights about relationships that I have read in a long time.

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This is a sequel to "Talking it over", which was one of Julian Barnes' most memorable and entertaining books, in which a romantic triangle was explored by alternating the voices of the protagonists and other characters. This book revisits them ten years later and is full of the same humour, ideas and observation, but moves into darker territory as the book progresses.

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