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In Love, Etc. Barnes adopts the same technique he used in the earlier installment, allowing his characters to speak their innermost thoughts and secrets directly to the reader--and just about everybody gets some good lines. (Oliver: "Yes, everything went swimmingly, which is a very peculiar adverb to apply to a social event, considering how most human beings swim.") But the book is also a bewitchingly intimate excursion into betrayal and jealousy. With painstaking detail, Barnes creates a vibrant portrait of a modern love triangle--as funny as it is cruel, as absurd as it is deep. Few contemporary writers can portray Middle England, with all its temptations, so darkly. --Matthew Baylis --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The story is entirely told by the characters in their own personae.
These are clever enough to keep you reading for their own sake, as well as carrying the plot along for the first half of the book.
I enjoyed the first book, I loved this one, and I believe the Author will be hard pressed not to continue the saga.
All I could think when I was reading Love Etc. by Julian Barnes was the Rashomon effect. Here we have three friends, Oliver, Stuart, and Gillian, in a classic love triangle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Genevieve DeGuzman
I like JB writing style. However, this story is different from what I had expected.Published 7 months ago by Omega
Thought I had read the all but I guess not. Early great wit and writing. More recent works are better but not as much fun,.Published 12 months ago by J. Harrison
This is a very clever sequel to "Talking it over" and if you have not read that book, you should do so before reading this one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by marifa
I picked up Love, Etc. after seeing it appear on one of the earlier NY Times Notable Books lists. I had read The Sense of An Ending and Loved it but had not read anything else by... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joseph Landes
Confusing and boring, pretentious and dull. At first it is not clear who is who, but after a while you do not even care about it any longer.Published 19 months ago by Anna Galasso
I enjoyed this novel. It is an amusing riff on changing partners by an extremely facile writer, full of word play.Published 21 months ago by Thoughtful
Wonderful book, you have to read 'talking it over' first to really appreciate it, this one is a sequel to 'talking out over'Published 21 months ago by Toma