The Resource The only story, Julian Barnes

The only story, Julian Barnes

Label
The only story
Title
The only story
Statement of responsibility
Julian Barnes
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a novel about a young man on the cusp of adulthood and a woman who is already there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth. Most of us have only one story to tell. I don't mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there's only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine. One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged nineteen, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he's partnered with Susan Mcleod, a fine player who's forty-eight, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. And they soon, inevitably, are lovers. Clinging to each other as though their lives depend on it, they then set up house in London to escape his parents and the abusive Mr. Mcleod. Decades later, with Susan now dead, Paul looks back at how they fell in love, how he freed her from a sterile marriage, and how -- gradually, relentlessly -- everything falling apart, as she succumbed to depression and worse while he struggled to understand the intricacy and depth of the human heart. It's a piercing account of helpless devotion, and of how memory can confound us and fail us and surprise us (sometimes all at once), of how, as Paul puts it, "first love fixes a life forever"--
Summary
A man who ran away as a teen university student with a married woman more than twice his age reflects on how they fell in love, how he freed her from a sterile marriage and how their relationship fell apart as she succumbed to depression
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10638445
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barnes, Julian,
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6052.A6657
LC item number
O55 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Man-woman relationships
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Coming of Age
  • FICTION / Psychological
Target audience
adult
Label
The only story, Julian Barnes
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
1002290994
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9780525521211
Lccn
2017047844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Label
The only story, Julian Barnes
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
1002290994
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9780525521211
Lccn
2017047844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n

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