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Josipovici’s Insight

Although I have read Barnes and McEwan fairly extensively, I find myself agreeing with Josipovici’s argument: Reading Barnes, like reading so many other English writers of his generation – Martin Amis, McEwan – leaves me feeling that I and the … Continue reading

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Dubliners by James Joyce

There are a few artists capable of consistently constructing powerful short stories: Chekhov, Turgenev, Hemingway; contemporaries include Julian Barnes and Julie Orringer. My Joycean summer enables me to add another to my list, though in completing Dubliners, I have completed … Continue reading

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The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields

What then remains, but that we still should cry Not to be born, or being born, to die? Francis Bacon Like Reality Hunger, many of the best bits of David Shields earlier (2008) book are the numerous quotations. This was … Continue reading

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The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes’s short story collection The Lemon Table provided a soft beginning for the new reading year. Any seasoned reader of Barnes will find the themes of mortality and ageing of little surprise. Short stories are not Barnes’s ideal format … Continue reading

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15 London Books in 15 Minutes

Kate’s Book Blog offered a challenge I thought fun: Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. I’ve … Continue reading

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15 in 15

Via Anecdotal Evidence, I enjoyed a 15 minute indulgence in a tweaked literary parlour game: “name the fifteen books that have most influenced your thinking, that you have found yourself referring to most often in reflection, speech, and writing.” No apologies … Continue reading

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