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We can’t help listening to these people, hoping they’ll finally see themselves clearly – hoping just as naively that we won’t see ourselves in them. Gillian’s Mum, her daughter, her colleague. I didn’t know until I finished read the book that their was a previous novel “talking it over” published inwith the same characters. There is further character development as we carry on with the same narrative structure, though they do get to sort of interact with each other along with the interviewer, shaking up the dynamics a bit.

I have to check and see if Barnes has a third novel that follows up this one. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. These people all act primarily out of self-interest.

Amor, Etcetera : Julian Barnes :

Return to Book Page. All blood under the bridge. Conveniently, all the parts are labeled, so it’s clear from the start Cupid was shooting poison darts when he spied the characters in “Love, etc.

Unemployment and illness seem to have exhausted him. Isn’t that a terrible truth? If, however, this marriage is fine, then equally the marriage of Gillian and Oliver is not. Oliver and Stuart pick up just where they left off, jousting like young rivals.

True, he did make a fuss at their subsequent wedding, and spied on them in their French village; but he was agreeable about the divorce, moved to America, remarried briefly, prospered, then returned to London shortly after Oliver and Gillian, avec les enfantsdid. Twardy, Atlanta Amoor p. View all 4 comments.


Among the other two, Oliver is annoying, and Gillian remains pale. Barnes’s writing is breathtaking sometimes. Serbian – Ljubav, itd.

He wears his smarts in the lining etxetera his coat, not i Julian Barnes is a strange fish. Jul 15, Sharyl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Translated by Gertraude Krueger. Isn’t that a terrible paradox? The title itself couldn’t be better because this novel is mostly about love and relationships and other things, that come under the umbrella of etc.

Aug 15, Frank rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 27, Ralf rated it liked it.

I had a problem with the characters talking to me rather than each other and this novel is most likely a 4 or 5 star book,it just didn’t work for me. Stuart was a bit of a milquetoast but seems to come into his own when he leaves England after the divorce, goes to the States and becomes a successful businessman in organic veggie marketing.

Still an enjoyable read, same formula as the last one so can’t go too wrong.

Love, Etc.

I think I should have read that first. The only one I was sure I wanted to read was Something to Declare: What transpires to further complicate the situation doesn’t heart repeating, especially as the three principals along with many others are allowed to speak directly to the reader, to whisper their secrets and argue their own particular versions of what actually happened, and why. One of the main characters, Stuart, has been left by his first wife, Gillian, who is now married to his best friend.


Views Read Edit View history. It worked brilliantly as an audiobook, especially since three different narrators were reading the three main parts. If I were, I would have known that Love, etc. Mar 26, David rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the best sequels one can possibly think of!

Love, etc is a novel by Julian Barnes published inalthough it is also the title of a French film based on his earlier novel Talking it Over. Red boards, black blocked on red board spine. Unfortunately I found after having finished that this is a sequal to his novel Talking it Overwhich has the same format.

All I could think when I was reading Love Etc. I still can’t help picturing everyone as the characters from Peep Show. And neither, for that matter, was the previous one that temporarily joined Gillian and Stuart. However, maybe because it is more of the same, it felt a bit short of something somehow. I’m not a serious reader.

Reading the book, hearing these characters speak their thoughts, I knew them. Ten years have gone by now and the three people we met in Talking it Over have gone through remarkable changes: Translated by Susanna Basso. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

This is incredibly well done. There is so saving objectivity. The love once, and whatever happens, it doesn’t go away.

This book is a continuation of another book by Barnes, Talking it Overwhere we are first introduced to the trio. Alford, The Houston Chronicle p.