Julian Barnes on literature and writing

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Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:17 pm Post

Julian Barnes finally has a Man Booker (and to judge from the picture, quite a nice apartment as well). Interviews with him all around, but maybe most immediately useful to other writers, The Telegraph collected several of Barnes’ comments on literature. My favorite, at the moment:

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people's lives, never your own.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booker-prize/8834650/Man-Booker-Prize-Julian-Barnes-quotes-on-literature.html

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Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:18 pm Post

I Bought JB's 'History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters' a fortnight ago. Can't say as I'm over enamoured of it. It's different from what I'm used to. I think I'll get Flaubert’s Parrot, and see what's what.
I haven't finished HOTWI10 ½W yet, by the way, but nothing's pulling me back to it.
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:24 pm Post

vic-k wrote:I Bought JB's 'History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters' a fortnight ago. Can't say as I'm over enamoured of it. It's different from what I'm used to. I think I'll get Flaubert’s Parrot, and see what's what.
I haven't finished HOTWI10 ½W yet, by the way, but nothing's pulling me back to it.
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:24 pm Post

Stacey, Hiya,
I take it you mean 10 ½W, not F's Parrot.
I will finish 10 ½W, it is after all a book of short stories, so it's not demanding metric tonnes of your time, at any one go, is it?
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