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Levels of Life By Julian Barnes

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

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Summary

You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed... In Levels of Life Julian Barnes gives us Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; he gives us Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah Bernhardt;

Levels of Life Summary

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed... In Levels of Life Julian Barnes gives us Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; he gives us Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah Bernhardt; then, finally, he gives us the story of his own grief, unflinchingly observed. This is a book of intense honesty and insight; it is at once a celebration of love and a profound examination of sorrow.

Levels of Life Reviews

"It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world." -- Emma Brockes * Guardian *
"This is a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing." -- Ruth Scurr * The Times *
"It's an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry... Anyone who has loved and suffered loss, or just suffered, should read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it." -- Martin Fletcher * Independent *
"Levels of Life is both a supremely crafted artefact and a desolating guidebook to the land of loss." -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
"While one might expect a Barnes book to impress, delight, move, disconcert or amuse, the last thing for which his work prepares us is the blast of paralysingly direct emotion that concludes Levels of Life." -- Tim Martin * Daily Telegraph *
"Levels of Life is, deep-down, a heartfelt attempt to chronicle the strange journey that follows the death of a loved one." -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
"A Taj Mahal made of paper not white marble." -- Peter Conrad * Observer *
"A magnificent blast of unflinching prose." * Daily Telegraph *
"Powerful and well-articulated." -- Roger Lewis * Daily Mail *
"It is true that the private language of love doesn't generally translate; yet how vividly Barnes invokes the power and delicacy of what is lost to him." -- Jane Shilling * Sunday Telegraph *
"Profoundly emotive." * Sunday Times *
"He writes with aphoristic simplicity and a calm profundity, without ever sounding self-pitying, maudlin or trite... Levels of Life is at times unbearably sad, but it is also exquisite: a paean of love, and on love, and a book unexpectedly full of life." -- Rosemary Goring * Herald *
"A grief-stricken, achingly precise and bravely unconsoling exploration into the inadequacy of words." * Metro *
"An impassioned, raw insight into a survivor's grief." * Sport *
"A confession of grief so emotively described that it leaves the reader cold with awe." -- Billy O'Callaghan * Irish Examiner *

About Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.

Additional information

GOR005689486
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2014-04-01
128
0099584530
9780099584537
Short-listed for Waterstones Book of the Year 2013 (UK) Short-listed for PEN/ Ackerley Prize 2014 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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