The Resource The only story, by Julian Barnes

The only story, by Julian Barnes

Label
The only story
Title
The only story
Statement of responsibility
by 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"--
Cataloging source
VHEI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barnes, Julian
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Love
  • Suffering
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Mental illness
Target audience
adult
Label
The only story, by Julian Barnes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"--Back cover
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
000061463693
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
212 pages
Isbn
9781787330696
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)992787156
Label
The only story, by Julian Barnes
Publication
Copyright
Note
"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"--Back cover
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
000061463693
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
212 pages
Isbn
9781787330696
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)992787156

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