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“Marvelously inventive . . . Pulse sneaks up on you, and by the end, you cannot help but be moved. These are stories that illuminate characters not through dramatic epiphanies but real, small turns in the road and moments of change. [Barnes’s] prose is rich without being showy; he has a precision and economy of language that at times recalls William Trevor. Above all, Pulse shows a contemporary master working at the height of his ability.” —Jill Owens, The Oregonian
“Of our leading novelists, Julian Barnes has one of the richest historical imaginations . . . His main business here is the present, particularly that portion of it that includes bright, relentlessly articulate people encountering the first pangs of aging and its discontents . . . His characters are never tragic. They are inhabitants of a gray-scale world, plugging on through life chastened by the experiences Barnes recounts, but not devastated by them. That may be why we identify with them so easily, so instructively.” —Richard Schickel, Los Angeles Times
“Sharply elegant, piercing investigations of relationships.” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue
“Filled with gems . . . beautiful, elegiac tales about how marriages endure or change over time . . . A testament to Mr. Barnes’s full panoply of talents . . . [He’s a] confident literary decathlete, proficient at old-fashioned storytelling, dialogue-driven portraiture, postmodern collage, political allegory and farce, [and the] ability to create narratives with both surface brio and finely calibrated philosophical subtexts.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Graceful . . . Keenly funny . . . Barnes’ tales are shrewd, piquant, and moving [and] his gift for deft, acerbic dialogue is finely honed.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist
“Companionship—the search for, the basking in, and the loss of—binds Barnes’s first-rate collection . . . Dryly witty [and] poignant.” —Publishers Weekly, starred
“Elegance and versatility—familiar Barnes strengths [that] define this latest story collection . . . . Another impressive addition to an already impressive oeuvre.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred
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It is a book of stories, fourteen in all, every one of them written with the gentle charm that has become the mark of Julian Barnes.
He is revealing in respect to his characters and can conversely express humor as well as pathos in the same paragraph.
This is a very British writer talking about life in England that begins in the late fifties and early sixties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sundowner
All over the map in terms of subject matter, but each beautifully crafted with moments that stay with the reader. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharalee M. Field
Barnes is a master of the English language. Each of these stories has at least one image that will move you at your core.Published 11 months ago by Donald Gillman
Serene, down-to-earth, stripped of overt literary references yet so full of wit, observation and food for thought. Great book to begin reading Barnes with.Published 18 months ago by Nuri K
I have two books of Barnes that I haven't read, and I should have read this one earlier, it's serene and stripped-down yet at times very intelligent and thought-provoking. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nuri K
I liked it very much. I've read 3 Julian Barnes' books and this didn't disappoint me. On the contrary, I enjoyed its readingPublished 24 months ago by Heidy Leiva Henriquez
Fans of short stories will find mastery of dialogue in the collection from Julian Barnes titled, Pulse. Some of the stories are presented entirely in dialogue. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Stephen T. Hopkins