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Nothing To Be Frightened Of By Julian Barnes

Nothing To Be Frightened Of
by Julian Barnes

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A memoir about the author's family and an exchange with his brother (a philosopher). This book also covers meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard.
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Nothing To Be Frightened Of Summary


Nothing To Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

'I don't believe in God, but I miss Him.' Julian Barnes' new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that 'this is not my autobiography', the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers. When Angela Carter reviewed Barnes' first novel, "Metroland", she praised the mature way he wrote about death. Now, nearly thirty years later, he returns to the subject in a wise , funny and constantly surprising book, which defies category and classification - except as Barnesian.

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Nothing To Be Frightened Of Reviews


"Death has a habit of bringing the best out in writers...Given its subject matter the whole book has an unexpectedly jaunty air. On virtually every page there is a good joke, even when - or perhaps especially when - Barnes is writing about the grimmest events. Julian Barnes is wonderful at keeping awe and flippancy in perfect balance...One of the joys of this book is that it contains so many playful asides, so many exhilaration diversions from its gloomy central theme."
--Craig Brown, "Mail on Sunday
""It is not, Barnes tells us, an autobiography. It is rather an essay in the best sense: speculative and precise, intimate and metaphysical, capacious and democratic in the variety of voices, alive and dead, that are invited to counsel the author as he edges his way towards the void"
--Brian Dillon, "Times Literary Supplement
""Julian Barnes is a delightful companion and much of the book (its informal tone included) is like an extended and very interesting conversation."
--Cressida Connolly, "Literary Review
""Compelling...witty and erudite...consistently interesting and entertaining."
--Val Hennessy, "Daily Mail
""This book is both fun and funny. It is sharp, too, in the sense of painful as well as witty...You are in the presence of a nimble mind in complete mastery of, and engagement with, his chosen subject."
--Lucy Beresford, "New Statesman
""Intensely fascinating."
--Jane Shilling," The Times
""Entertaining, intriguing, absorbing and so expansive that I was startled, on finishing, to note its brevity...Irresistible reading."
--Penelope Lively, "Financial Times
""Superb...[Barnes's] funniest and frankest work yet."
--KateSummerscale, "Daily Telegraph"

"From the Hardcover edition."

About Julian Barnes


Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 Chapters, England, England and Arthur and George, and two collections of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.

Additional information

GOR001430837
Nothing To Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2008-03-06
256
0224085239
9780224085236
N/A
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.