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Cross Channel (original: 1996; edição: 2005)

de Julian Barnes (Autor)

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In his first book of stories, Julian Barnes explores a striking and unusual theme - the British experience of France over three hundred years - with the abundance of sophistication and wit that has established him as one of the most daring and prodigiously gifted novelists at work in our language today.These ten stories, singly and as a whole, examine the strange and persistent attraction between these two countries, as well as the often ambiguous results. The collection spans the Channel from the late seventeenth century, when mercenary soldiers attempt to "convert" a Protestant village in southern France, to the year 2015, when an aging Londoner travels yet again to Paris, carrying a lifetime of memories with him on the now antiquated Eurostar train. In between, the British appear in various guises: as railway builders in the 1840s, vineyard owners at the turn of the century, artistic exiles in the 1920s; a cricket team departs to play the Gentlemen of France in 1789, a dying composer prepares for the cross-Channel broadcast of his final work, a cyclist competes in the Tour de France, and a woman mourns her long-dead brother in the killing fields of the Great War.… (mais)
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Título:Cross Channel
Autores:Julian Barnes (Autor)
Informação:Picador (2005), Edition: New Edit/Cover, 210 pages
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Barnes is known for having one foot in England and the other in France; in this collection he exploits that by giving all the ten stories a common "British in France" theme, from "Dragons" where 17th century Irish mercenaries are intimidating French Protestants, to "Tunnel", set on a Eurostar train from St Pancras to Paris some twenty years in the future (the Channel Tunnel was still a novelty in 1996; the link to St Pancras didn't come into use until 2007). Along the way we meet eighteenth-century Grand Tourists, Victorian railway navvies on the fringes of Mme Bovary, a lesbian couple running a Médoc vineyard in the 1890s, a Crazy Horse girl and her Tour de France cyclist boyfriend, and the sister of a Tommy buried in a Great War cemetery. And there are little brushes with the Surrealists and OULIPO, and with the difficulties of getting a good BBC radio signal in northern France.

All with the usual Barnesian twinkle of the eye and subtle little twist on the last page: great fun, and lots of atmosphere. ( )
1 vote thorold | Oct 26, 2020 |
There were a lot of ideas I liked in here, but perhaps I prefer when Barnes follows through with them in a novel. I didn't find this collection of short stories an especially striking work of Barnes', though I like Anglo-French relations, absurd writers retreats, and Victorian lesbians who own wineries together. Of the set I probably liked the first story the best, but I'd been hoping they'd improve from there and I wasn't sure they did. Again, the writing is excellent and the topics are generally the sort of thing I'm fond of, but there was no punch-in-the-gut that I'm used to getting from reading Barnes.

I would like to talk to him in person about this book. One day. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
The rating is mostly for two stories: "Evermore" and "Tunnel." The others are strong. These two are exceptional. ( )
  Lewter | Jul 17, 2016 |
This loosely linked collection of stories of British experiences of France spans a variety of settings, historical periods and social classes. Barnes always writes with clarity and humour, and offers many insights. Very enjoyable.

Not sure why GoodReads has appended the author's name to the title - I wish the titles that actually appear on the book could be retained... ( )
  bodachliath | Jan 5, 2015 |
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In his first book of stories, Julian Barnes explores a striking and unusual theme - the British experience of France over three hundred years - with the abundance of sophistication and wit that has established him as one of the most daring and prodigiously gifted novelists at work in our language today.These ten stories, singly and as a whole, examine the strange and persistent attraction between these two countries, as well as the often ambiguous results. The collection spans the Channel from the late seventeenth century, when mercenary soldiers attempt to "convert" a Protestant village in southern France, to the year 2015, when an aging Londoner travels yet again to Paris, carrying a lifetime of memories with him on the now antiquated Eurostar train. In between, the British appear in various guises: as railway builders in the 1840s, vineyard owners at the turn of the century, artistic exiles in the 1920s; a cricket team departs to play the Gentlemen of France in 1789, a dying composer prepares for the cross-Channel broadcast of his final work, a cyclist competes in the Tour de France, and a woman mourns her long-dead brother in the killing fields of the Great War.

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