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Julian Barnes

Autor(a) de The Sense of an Ending

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About the Author

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England, on January 19, 1946. He received a degree in modern languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University in 1968. He has held jobs as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary, a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesmen and the New mostrar mais Review, and a television critic. He has written numerous works of fiction including Arthur and George, Pulse: Stories, The Noise of Time, and England, England. He received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1980 for Metroland, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1985 and a Prix Medicis in 1986 for Flaubert's Parrot, and the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending. He also writes non-fiction works including Letters from London, The Pedant in the Kitchen, and Nothing to Be Frightened Of. He received the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation in 1993, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2011. He writes detective novels under the pseudonym Dan Kavanaugh. His works under this name include Duffy, Fiddle City, Putting the Boot In, and Going to the Dogs. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending (2011) 8,214 cópias
Arthur & George (2005) 4,881 cópias
Flaubert's Parrot (1984) 3,903 cópias
England, England (1998) 1,873 cópias
The Noise of Time (2016) 1,445 cópias
Talking It Over (1991) 1,384 cópias
Nothing to Be Frightened Of (2008) 1,247 cópias
Levels of Life (2013) 1,049 cópias
Love, etc. (2000) 983 cópias
The Only Story (2018) 975 cópias
The Lemon Table (2004) 853 cópias
Metroland (1980) 849 cópias
Before She Met Me (1982) 764 cópias
Staring at the Sun (1986) 736 cópias
Cross Channel (1996) 661 cópias
The Porcupine (1992) 568 cópias
Letters from London (1995) 499 cópias
Pulse (2011) 494 cópias
The Man in the Red Coat (2019) 492 cópias
Something to Declare (2002) 488 cópias
The Pedant in the Kitchen (2003) 468 cópias
Elizabeth Finch (2022) 358 cópias
Duffy (1980)algumas edições183 cópias
Fiddle City (1982) 114 cópias
Going to the Dogs (1987) 114 cópias
Putting the Boot In (1985) 79 cópias
A Life with Books (1855) 65 cópias
Duffy Omnibus (1980) 42 cópias
Death (2017) 39 cópias
Evermore (1996) 39 cópias
Verzamelde verhalen (2021) 12 cópias
Homage to Hemingway (2015) 3 cópias
Strandboek (1993) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
East wind 2 cópias
A Self-Possessed Woman (1975) 2 cópias
The limner 2 cópias
ENIGMA E NJE FUNDI 1 exemplar(es)
The Creature in Alpha (1995) 1 exemplar(es)
Nieuw Werk 1 exemplar(es)
One of a Kind 1 exemplar(es)
2009 1 exemplar(es)
Krauts 1 exemplar(es)
Sinn und Form 5/2012 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Complicity 1 exemplar(es)
Writers on Artists 1 exemplar(es)
Hygiene (Storycuts) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Good Soldier (1915) — Introdução, algumas edições4,751 cópias
Parade's End (1925) — Introdução, algumas edições1,738 cópias
A Book of Mediterranean Food (1950) — Prefácio, algumas edições715 cópias
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contribuinte — 535 cópias
Innocence (1986) — Introdução, algumas edições436 cópias
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 428 cópias
The Library Book (2012) — Contribuinte — 392 cópias
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuinte — 279 cópias
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Contribuinte — 228 cópias
Granta 65: London (1999) — Contribuinte — 222 cópias
The Rocketeer [1991 film] (1991) — Actor — 207 cópias
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contribuinte — 184 cópias
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contribuinte — 178 cópias
Granta 76: Music (2001) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuinte — 152 cópias
Granta 32: History (1990) — Contribuinte — 150 cópias
Granta 47: Losers (1994) — Contribuinte — 128 cópias
Granta 50: Fifty (1995) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Granta 109: Work (2009) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Contribuinte — 91 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
The Best American Essays 1986 (1986) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
Dear Dodie: the life of Dodie Smith (1996) — Prefácio, algumas edições64 cópias
Coffee with Aristotle (Coffee with...Series) (2008) — Prefácio — 48 cópias
Stories To Get You Through The Night (2010) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Truth About Dogs (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições25 cópias
Best Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
TLS Short Stories (2003) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Früher war mehr Strand: Hinterhältige Reisegeschichten (2007) — Autor, algumas edições10 cópias
Arthur & George [2015 TV mini series] (2015) — Original book — 7 cópias
Love Etc. [DVD] (2000) — Writer — 3 cópias
Birds of Prey: Seven Sardonic Stories (2010) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Barnes, Julian Patrick
Outros nomes
Kavanagh, Dan
Pygge, Edward
Data de nascimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Northwood, Middlesex, England, UK
London, England, UK
City of London School
Magdalen College, Oxford University (BA|1968)
literary editor
television critic
Barnes, Jonathan (brother)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Honorary member, 2016)
David Cohen British Literature Prize (2011)
Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2004)
Man Booker Prize (2011)
Somerset Maugham Award (1981)
Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1985)
Jerusalem Prize (2021) (mostrar todas 10)
Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1988)
Siegfried Lenz Prize (2016)
Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2004)
E. M. Forster Award (1986)
Pequena biografia
Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England on January 19, 1946. He was educated at the City of London School from 1957 to 1964 and at Magdalen College, Oxford, from which he graduated in modern languages (with honours) in 1968.

After graduation, he worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary supplement for three years. In 1977, Barnes began working as a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesman and the New Review. From 1979 to 1986 he worked as a television critic, first for the New Statesman and then for the Observer.

Barnes has received several awards and honours for his writing, including the 2011 Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending. Three additional novels were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (Flaubert's Parrot 1984, England, England 1998, and Arthur & George 2005). Barnes's other awards include the Somerset Maugham Award (Metroland 1981), Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (FP 1985); Prix Médicis (FP 1986); E. M. Forster Award (American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1986); Gutenberg Prize (1987); Grinzane Cavour Prize (Italy, 1988); and the Prix Femina (Talking It Over 1992). Barnes was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1988, Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2004. In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation and in 2004 won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Awarded biennially, the prize honours a lifetime's achievement in literature for a writer in the English language who is a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. He received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in 2013 and the 2015 Zinklar Award at the first annual Blixen Ceremony in Copenhagen. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts & Letters elected Barnes as an honorary foreign member. Also in 2016, Barnes was selected as the second recipient of the Siegfried Lenz Prize for his outstanding contributions as a European narrator and essayist.

Julian Barnes has written numerous novels, short stories, and essays. He has also translated a book by French author Alphonse Daudet and a collection of German cartoons by Volker Kriegel. His writing has earned him considerable respect as an author who deals with the themes of history, reality, truth and love.



Group Read: Arthur & George by Julian Barnes em 75 Books Challenge for 2018 (Fevereiro 2018)
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes (Bowie's Top 100 for August) em 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Agosto 2016)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes em Booker Prize (Agosto 2011)


"Ah - a new definition of "adult": the time during which one has sold out", remarks Toni caustically. But then it's certainly not the majority of us who maintain an adolescent's sneering contempt of the bourgeoisie (as they might term it in London, at least) and of such traditional life choices as marriage, children, mortgages, and steady jobs on into what can solidly be considered the adult years. The debut novel of Julian Barnes is a coming of age story that extends into the solid rungs of adulthood and contrasts the diverging paths of teenage best friends Toni, who retains the stark intellectual and emotional outlook of rebellious adolescence, and Chris, who either matures or sells-out, as you like it.

As teenagers in sixties London, Toni and Chris bonded over a shared intellectualism, a revulsion towards their suburban surroundings, a conviction that Art was the most important thing in life, and an impatient waiting for that time that they would be Out There Living, and doing so better than the contemptible adults around them did.

In 1968, Chris, now 21, goes to Paris, officially with a research grant in hand but more accurately on a self-discovery jaunt. He becomes involved with a girl and begins to reconsider certain attitudes:

"Until I met Annick I'd always been certain that the edgy cynicism and disbelief in which I dealt, plus a cowed trust in the word of any imaginative writer, were the only tools for the painful, wrenching extraction of truths from the surrounding quartz of hypocrisy and deceit. The pursuit of truth had always seemed something combative. Now, not exactly in a flash, but over a few weeks, I wondered if it weren't something both higher - above the supposed conflict - and simpler, attainable not through striving but a simple inward glance."

It is his first love affair, and the righteous certitude of teenage theories fails him: "'[F:]eelings' were things you felt, so why couldn't you identify them?". He fumbles that relationship away, but meets the woman he'll marry back home in London in three years time. There, Toni refuses to attend the wedding on principle, sending "a carefully argued case against marriage" through the post that Chris doesn't bother to read. When do the theories stop? He finds a job in publishing, which "doesn't make me feel shitty: we don't fight against making money but we use good people, and we produce good books."

The novel ends when Chris and Toni are about 30 years old. They see each other infrequently, and Toni does not hold back his assertive contempt for Chris's "bourgeois" life those times they meet up, condemning his friend's retreat from those trenchant attitudes they shared as adolescents. Chris is on the defensive on two fronts, towards Toni and towards the inner voice of self-doubt, the latter being the more insidious.

As the story comes to a close he fights it off: "But what do these complaints urge, except pointless excess and disloyalty to one's character? What do they promise but disorientation and the loss of love? What's so chic about extremes; and why such guilt about the false lure of action?" He's a happy man, he declares, an achievement worthy of an adult life.

I first read this novel at age 22, while on a bit of a self-discovery jaunt in a foreign country myself. I'd say it was a time of some transition not dissimilar to what Chris's character experienced. Re-reading the novel now at age 33, I have ended up in much the same place Chris did. Married, mortgage, child(ren), steady job that doesn't make me feel shitty. Bourgeois? Perhaps. Happy? Yes. It is worthy.
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lelandleslie | outras 18 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Duffy se mete en e mundo del soccer y de los millonarios que compran clubes de tercera, no se sabe bien porque. Es un divertimento de Barnes, y cumple en parte su objetivo.
gneoflavio | outras 4 resenhas | Feb 11, 2024 |
This was...ok for this reader. The main character was unpleasant. I won't say much more other than this wasn't a book I would have chosen as a Booker winner, or for the 1001 books list, or for the Morning News Tournament of Books. shrug
*Book #136 I have read of the '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die'
*Book #144/340 I have read of the shortlisted Morning News Tournament of Books
booklove2 | outras 536 resenhas | Feb 6, 2024 |
Just ok. I need to think about it a little more before I really write more but I'm not sure that I fully understand what happened.

I've had a day to think this over, and read some of the comments online, and I still am not quite sure what to think. There are just so many things that don't make sense! I still can't figure out why the Mom left him the money and the diary. Why would she even think that he wanted it? And there wasn't really much hinting that she was trying to steal Veronica's men, was there? There were far more hints about something awful going on between Veronica and her brother and/or Dad.

And Adrian -- he didn't seem so wonderful and it seemed stupid that he'd kill himself over the pregnancy, especially since it seemed so foolish for the first classmate to have done so. I guess he couldn't handle the fact that he cheated with V's Mom -- but honestly, who would have ever really known that?

And am I really supposed to believe that V held that nasty letter against Tony thinking that he caused the bother to be mentally challenged? Really? Wouldn't she be far more angry at Adrian?

Somebody posted that they thought that Tony was actually the father of the mentally challenged Adrian. That's far more interesting and explains a lot more of Veronica's bitterness but can't explain the suicide.

I think this book is hammering home for me how much I dislike books that critics find wonderful.
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hmonkeyreads | outras 536 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |


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